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.
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THERESE WILLKOMM 'MAKE & TAKE' WORKSHOP
January 12, 2016 - Big Island
January 14, 2016 - Oahu
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ATRC 2014 ANNUAL REPORT
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Courtesy of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eve Hill of the Civil Rights Division
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Civil Rights Division is highlighting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a gateway to equal opportunity in the workplace. Work is a fundamental part of adult life for people with and without disabilities. It provides a sense of purpose, shaping who we are and how we fit into our community. Meaningful work – being a contributing part of society – is essential to people’s economic self-sufficiency, as well as self-esteem and well-being. This year, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the Department of Justice is breaking down barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities through its enforcement efforts.
Enforcing Title I of the ADA against State and Local Government Employers
State and local governments play a significant role in our workforce and can be leaders in employing the skills and talents of American workers with disabilities. This year, the department has reached agreements with a number of state and local government employers to remove discriminatory attitudes and barriers in the job application process.
Just this month, the department settled an employment lawsuit against Riverside County, California. The county had refused to hire an applicant as a youth probation officer because he had controlled epilepsy, even though the applicant could perform all of the essential job duties. The county’s decision, which was based on outdated and stereotypical attitudes about epilepsy, was illegal. Under the consent decree, the county has agreed to pay the job applicant $50,000, offer the probation officer position, train its hiring personnel on the ADA and report on compliance.
Earlier this year, the department reached settlements with six different municipalities to remove illegal disability-related questions on employment applications. Under the ADA, employers may not ask disability-related questions on an employment application because those questions may deter people with disabilities from applying for jobs, and employers may use that information to discriminate against such applicants. An employer may, however, ask applicants if they are able to perform specific job tasks. The following six different municipalities and one state university from across the country have now removed the disability-related questions from their online employment applications: Parowan, Utah; Ruidoso, New Mexico; Fallon, Nevada; Isle of Palms, South Carolina; Vero Beach, Florida; DeKalb, Illinois; and Florida State University.
As a result of these and other Title I enforcement actions by the department, individuals with disabilities now have a fairer chance to succeed at work, and both justice and economic advancement are served.
Enforcing Title II of the ADA regarding Integrated and Supported Employment Services by States
The department has in recent years been engaged in aggressive efforts to enforce the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., a ruling that requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities. Through this work, the department has advanced the civil rights of thousands of individuals with disabilities who have been unnecessarily segregated in employment settings called sheltered workshops. Sheltered workshops are institutional settings where participants are segregated from the community and paid well below the minimum wage. Just last month, the department and private plaintiffs reached a groundbreaking agreement with the state of Oregon to resolve the federal lawsuit Lane v. Brown. Under the settlement agreement, over 6,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will receive supported employment services to give them opportunities to work in real jobs at competitive wages.
These and other efforts are leading to reform of state systems; a number of states are moving away from using sheltered workshops in favor of expanding supported employment for people with disabilities, to better provide integrated employment opportunities.
Through its vigorous enforcement, the department is helping to fulfill the ADA’s promise of equal employment opportunity and full inclusion.
Protection and Advocacy for [Individuals in Need of] Assistive Technology
Two more happy people receive a computer system from the ATRC of Hawaii computer redistribution program.
Patrica collects a desktop system for her son Dashiell and Shavanna gets a great laptop to use. Our program redistributes donated computers that are refurbished and relicensed. Many thanks to those that have participated and to potential donors. Please contact us for further information.
Apple iPads with AT apps available in ATRC Loan Library
ATRC has Apple iPads in the Loan Library loaded with lots of demonstration AT software apps. Whether your needs are Aural, Visual or Cognitive there are a multitude of Apps and accessories available.
Contact Jodi Asato at 808-532-7111 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup.
Click on the following link: iPad Apps to download the 'Wheel of Apps' and learn more about the wonderful versatility of Apple iPad.
Lots of people get new or updated Laptop Computers during the holiday season. If you are getting one or know of someone please consider donating your old working Laptop to the ARTC Computer Re-Distribution Program.
Our successful program has many clients waiting for a laptop computer. Before re-distribution we will wipe the hard drive (using US Government recommended software), install a new fully licensed Windows 7 operating system, some educational software and Libre Office (an open source Office etc. software package).
The donator may receive a tax benefit and will also be helping someone further their life with technology.
Please contact Harvey Gordon, email@example.com for further information.
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