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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

Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

From the ADA.gov website: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.

President Barack Obama has released a proclamation today, July 25, 2014, regarding the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Take a moment to review this proclamation on the White House website and remember that July 26 is the official anniversary.  For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, be sure to visit the ADA.gov website for current regulations and updates.

News Flash!

 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT ATRC

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 barbara@atrc.org for detailed information.

Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong

Executive Director

NCD Statement on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

From the NCD website discussing the CRPD: "Over a decade ago, the National Council on Disability (NCD) helped kick off U.S. disability community consideration of an international treaty by publishing a White Paper titled Understanding the Role of an International Convention on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities.[i] Since that time, NCD has published numerous documents and reports[ii] in support of the development, signature and ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).[iii] Through the development phase of the treaty and our support throughout the process, NCD has proudly encouraged the ratification of this first international treaty to address disability rights. This treaty will extend the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act abroad and improve access for Americans with disabilities, including veterans, who live, work or travel abroad.

NCD now takes this opportunity to weigh in on several of the misperceptions that have been discussed as the treaty is considered by the United States Senate."

The NCD's explanation of these misconceptions can be found at the NCD website.  We encourage everyone to become familiar with this very important piece of legislation.

Resources on Autism

Below are some resources of interest for families with autism from the Center on Disability Studies/University of Hawaii Manoa

1. AutismSpeaks.org
 provides a comprehensive resource guide for all states. There is also a list of tool kits for families, such as the 100 Day Kit (created specifically for families with newly diagnosed children to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism), Advocacy Tool Kit, and family support tool kits.

The site also provides some apps that parents may find useful, including games that focus on communication and social skills:

http://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-apps

2. The Autism Society has another great site that includes helpful resources for those with autism,  family members, as well as professionals. Autism Society also provides updates on the latest autism news and press releases. Next Steps - A guide for families new to Autism.

3. P2P USA provides emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained 'Support Parent'. Through a one to one "match" experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources. This is not a resource about autism or specific to autism but a great resource to share with families.

ATA Annual report to congress

Below is a link for the Annual Report to Congress on the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as Amended, for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010:

Should you have any questions, please contact Rob Groenendaal (202) 245-7393 or robert.groenendaal@ed.gov.

    Special Report

    We have a report available on the Eric Dishman Conference.  Eric Dishman, of Intel Corporation (Portland, Or) was in Honolulu as a special guest speaker on April 10-11, 2014.  Mr. Dishman engaged with Hawaii’s healthcare, gerontology, academia, IT and business community in a series of public dialogues focusing on developing information and communication technologies across the continuum of health care from hospital to home; the needs of an aging population and use of technology to promote health and wellness; research and product development; as well as highlighting 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 Role of Technology In An Aging Society.pdf

    New Guide to the Grand Canyon by Wheelchair

    June 19, 2014 5:00 pm

    Wheelchair users might not think of the Grand Canyon as a place to visit comfortably, but the accessible-travel writer Candy Harrington says it can be done in “Barrier-Free Travel: The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers.”

    The book highlights accessible trails, sites and lodging options on the north and south rims; includes access details about the Grand Canyon Railway; and provides hard-to-find access information about Grand Canyon West.

    Although it is directed at travelers with mobility limitations, parents with stroller-age children may also appreciate the information on easy-to-maneuver walking paths and stair-free entrances.

    Ms. Harrington also describes and photographs specific accessible rooms at the various park hotels, including the historic El Tovar and the adjacent and newer Kachina Lodge, which, she points out, is the only property in the park with an elevator.

    For visitors touring by car, the guide provides directions to accessible walkways and restrooms at several popular park overlooks, and for those not wanting to drive, it includes a list of narrated bus tours equipped for wheelchairs.

    For travelers who want to reach the bottom of the canyon but can’t traverse the trail down to Phantom Ranch from the South Rim, Ms. Harrington shares information about the little-known 19.5-mile driving route to the bottom of the canyon, reached by traveling through land owned by the Hualapai Tribe.

    A package deal is available that includes a picnic lunch, driving permit and overnight lodging at the Hualapai Lodge, where Ms. Harrington praises the accessible parking, level entrance and Room 117.

    [Image: Charles Pannell Grandview Point at Grand Canyon National Park.]