For more than 45 years, ASAD has been the leading state advocacy organization serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing. With offices across the United States under National Association of the Deaf  and partnerships with Hawaii Islands communities, ASAD works to enhance the well-being of the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.


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March 12, 2018

“The deaf community strongly prefers open captioning to any type of eyewear or other device.  When you use eyewear, it also tells everybody in the theater that you’re deaf and hard of hearing.  Whereas, if you go to open captioning you just blend in with everybody else.”

The Senate Bills would be combined to remove the prescribed eyewear device and make the movie showings for the deaf and blind permanent. 

February 15, 2018

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted against legislation that unravels civil rights protections for millions of individuals with disabilities in Hawai‘i and across the country. H.R. 620 undermines the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by placing burdensome requirements on individuals with disabilities, making it more difficult for them to access equal rights protections. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 225-192.

The Guardian (British) The race to save a dying language

August 16, 2016

The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalization and a rift in the community?

Island News KITV4 - Hawaii theaters first in nation to have open captioning

January 26, 2016

"It's a milestone in our community as well as nationwide for the whole deaf community all over the nation," said Darlene Ewan, Vice President of the Aloha State Association of the Deaf.

The force has awakened and so has Hawaii when it comes to providing the deaf and blind with access to movies. Today at Ward Theaters, dozens turned out to see a showing of Star Wars with open captioning. For some, it's a better alternative to the old ways.

MauiNow.com - Hawaiʻi to Accommodate Hearing & Visually Impaired at Movie Theaters

December 30, 2015

The measure requires anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations in the state to provide open captioning during at least two showings per week of each motion picture that is produced with open movie captioning.  It also requires them to provide an audio description of any motion picture that is produced and offered with audio description.

The measure takes effect Jan. 1, 2016 and sunsets Jan. 1, 2018.

KHON2.com - Hawaii first state to require theaters to provide captioning, audio descriptions

December 30, 2015

On New Year’s Day, Hawaii will become the first state to require captioning and audio descriptions in some movie theaters.

Act 39, introduced by Rep. James Tokioka and signed into law by Gov. Ige in May, requires theaters with more than two locations to provide open captioning for at least two showings per week per movie.

HawaiiNewsNow.com - New law requires theaters to offer movies with open captioning

December 30, 2015

At the movies, viewers must wear special glasses to see the words on screen. Open captioning is on the screen for everyone to see.

Billy Kekua, who is deaf, stopped going to theaters because he felt the closed captioning was unreliable and the eyeglasses were uncomfortable.

"I had to wear the glasses on top of my eyeglasses. It was never a good experience for me as a deaf person," he said through an interpreter.

Honolulu Star Advertiser - Lawmakers launch push to raise awareness of rights of deaf patients

May 09, 2014

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BigIslandVideoNews.com - Hawaii Reminder: Deaf Have Rights

May 07, 2014

The Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) and the Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) today announced a joint public education effort to inform patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind and use sign language as well as health care providers of their legal rights and responsibilities. 

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