News Flash!


Eric Dishman's Talk at the Plaza Club on April 11, 2014 will be on the air at the Olelo 54 Channel. Detailed schedules are below:

May 4th | 7:30 pm | Olelo 54

May 5th | 8:00 am | Olelo 54

May 9th | 3:30 pm | Olelo 54

May 11th | 10:30 pm | Olelo 54



 ATRC has employment opportunities for the following positions:

 As ATRC continues to provide top quality programs and services across our state, we are seeking employees committed to working with persons with disabilities.  Positions may be adjusted to meet our needs and yours, apply and see what happens! We look forward to hearing from you. Please include a cover letter and a resume.

Contact Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong via for detailed information.

Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong

Executive Director


Image: A portrait of Eric Dishman

Assistive Technology Resources Center of Hawaii (ATRC) is pleased to announce that Eric Dishman, of Intel Corporation (Portland, Or) will be in Honolulu as a special guest speaker on April 10-11, 2014. Mr. Dishman will be engaging with Hawaii’s healthcare, gerontology, academia, IT and business community in a series of public dialogues. His discussions will focus on developing information and communication technologies across the continuum of health care from hospital to home; the needs of aging population and use of technology to promote health and wellness; research and product development; as well as highlight economic opportunities in in-home and health care technologies.

Dishman, an Intel Fellow and General Manager of Intel’s Health & Life Sciences, is responsible for driving Intel’s global strategy for growth and new business innovation in health, wellness and life sciences. Current focus areas of his work include: health, I.T. transformation and reform, care coordination computing, and personalized medicine, age friendly cities in the U.S. and China, and bringing healthcare home by using consumer health technologies and mobile solutions for care-workers.

The public is invited to attend the 3 scheduled events. Advance registration is required due to limited seating. Deadline for registration is April 7th.

April 10, 2014   8:30-10:00 a.m. 
“Personal Health Technology for the Aging Population: Research Collaborations on the Cutting Edge of Technology” 
With Local Guest Moderator: Chien-Wen Tseng, M.D., 
Associate Professor/ Physician Investigator,
John A. Burns School of Medicine/ Pacific Health Research and Education Institute

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus
East-West Center, Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall), Keoni Auditorium
Free Admission, Public Parking on Campus


This session focuses on multidisciplinary research on health technology to help customize care and advance independent living; bring together researchers from various disciplines such as medicine, nursing, public health, social sciences, engineering, information technology, economics, etc. with health care providers to explore research to design, implement and evaluate personal health technology. Dishman will discuss various research techniques available in this area, current status of such research, and present sample studies.

Target Audience: Hawaii’s Researchers, Physicians, Nursing, Health Care Professionals, Multi-disciplinary Faculty, Staff and Students, Health Plans, Philanthropists and Funders.

April 11, 2014   7:15-9:30 a.m.
“Technology Solutions to a Juggling Act: Keeping the Boomer Workforce
Healthy and Employed While Caring for Aging Parents”

The Plaza Club, 20th Floor, Pioneer Plaza Building
Admission Fee: $30 Includes Continental Breakfast, and Networking
Payment can be made through Paypal.

Non-validated parking at the Plaza, or Harbor Court Public Parking Garage



Eric Dishman will provide an overview of population aging trends for the 21st Century and its impending impact on the dwindling of our workforce in the coming decades. We expect to see thousands of our boomers ready themselves to depart from the workforce with their knowledge, skills, experience and networks. Dishman points to cutting edge technologies that are being used to promote health and wellness for the boomer workforce. These may help to keep them in the workforce longer. He will discuss the challenges of the family caregiver responsibilities of our boomer workforce. He will share how home tele-health technologies hold a promise of assisting working caregivers of aging family members while permitting them to stay healthy themselves to help companies maintain their competitive edge.

Target Audience: Family Caregivers, Large and Small Employers, Human Resource Directors, Hospitals, IT Companies, Home Health Agencies, Health Plans

April 11, 2014    12:00-1:30 p.m.
“Collaborative Care Models – Building a seamless health care system and using technology to successfully age in place”

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m.
Queen’s Conference Center, Queen’s Medical Center
(Outer Islands Viewers - Live webinar available for Queen’s venue only – to access webinar must register through link:

Free Admission – No-host Brown bag session, Limited no. of validated $5 parking available at Queen’s parking structure


How do we prepare for the explosive growth of chronic diseases, the strong preference for home and community based care with the need for cost containment and quality care? Our health care delivery system continues to be strongly shaped by the acute care focus of our hospitals. The growth of our older adult population, the high cost of health care and the growing shortage of younger health care workers however suggest that we need to begin rethinking how health care is delivered. In this presentation, Dishman will: 1) Identify strategies and solutions of successful collaborative models of care – focus on seamless health care systems: bringing healthcare home; 2) Explain how to create a seamless health care system integrating personal health technology and community-based care; and 3) Discuss how people can successfully self manage their health, and practice healthy living to better empower themselves and families.

Target Audience: Gerontological Community, Physicians, Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals, Public Policy Leaders, Public Health Professionals, Social Workers, Certified Substance Abuse Providers, Hospital Administrators, Home care and Hospice Agencies, Health Plans


Eric Dishman’s visit is hosted by ATRC with a steering committee organized by Cullen Hayashida of Kapiolani Community College’s Kupuna Education Center. Co-sponsors are Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society, Executive Office on Aging, Senior Living With Aloha, LLC, Ho`okele, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition, University of Hawaii-John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Center on Aging, Phillips Lifeline, and Pacific Health Research and Education Institute. 

Special thanks to Healthcare Professional Teleconference Training Series, Hawai‘i Public Health Training Hui, University of Hawaii-Office of Public Health Studies, and Iolani School.

For more information, contact Audrey Suga-Nakagawa at email: or (808) 840-1819.

If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact (808) 532-7115 (voice/tty), or email at candice@atrc.og by March 25, 2014.







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Welcome to the website of the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC).

ATRC is a nonprofit whose mission is to link people with technology and empower individuals through its use. ATRC is also the State of Hawaii's designated AssistiveTechnology Act agency. 

Our primary role is as an education center for anyone interested in Assistive Technology. We do not sell products. We will recommend vendors if requested.

We have been providing Assistive Technology Services for the State of Hawaii beginning in 1991!  Wow, how technology has changed for all of us and we believe persons with disabilities have benefited tremendously.  You can learn more about ATRC and Assistive Technology through this website, on our Facebook page, and by contacting our office.  We look forward to meeting and assisting you in any way that makes Assistive Technology more familiar and usable for you. Take the opportunity to browse this site, see what we currently offer and contact us at any time for service, program information, and assistance related to ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY.

Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, 

Executive Director / CEO