DATE: Wednesday, February 24th
TIME: Noon to 2pm
WHERE: online, with ZOOM
The meeting will be a video conference, but people can also dial in by phone and use audio only.
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OUR GOAL FOR HAWAII ISLAND:
What's in a name?
Our organization name is similar to the names of a couple of disability agencies in Honolulu. To avoid confusion, here's how to tell them all apart:
Who We Are
Anyone who attends our meetings or is on our email mailing list (and receives our newsletter) is considered to be a member of the organization. There are no dues. Members nominate people to be on the DRH Board of Directors. Anyone who no longer wishes to be a member can ask to be removed from our mailing list.
The best way to get in touch or to request to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to our mailing list is by email at:
Board of Directors
The board is elected in May of each year. Below is the list of board members for the 2020-21 year.
Linda Toms Barker (President)
Karin Riedel (Co-Vice President)
Daniel Grant-Johnson (Co-Vice President)
Ron Amundson (Secretary)
Linda Toms Barker (Treasurer)
RESOURCES IN OUR STATE
Disability Rights Groups You Might Want to Know About
The Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC). This is a federally mandated agency. Every state has one. Formerly called Protection and Advocacy, they adopted the name HDRC in the year 2000. (Unfortunately it sounds just like our own name.) HDRC is in Honolulu. They have paid staff and attorneys on board. (We do not.) You would contact them if you feel that your rights have been violated and you need legal help to fight back. They will schedule you for a telephone interview before they accept your case. Don’t let the interview scare you away! They are friendly people, and eager to help. They just need to talk to you before they take your case.
If you need their help, here's how to reach them:
(toll free) (1-800) 882-1057.
The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) is the State agency that coordinates ADA and other Hawaii accessibility legal issues, especially for State agencies. Also not us. DCAB has little power over private accessibility complaints (restaurants, apartments, etc.), but they are very knowledgeable and may be able to answer your questions. They can help you with complaints about State Agencies.
DCAB contact information:
The Federal Department of Justice ADA site. Mostly educational, but you can file a complaint, and maybe the government will begin to pay attention at some time in the future.
United States Justice Department: