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A Footstep to Transition

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Main, News

It was a Saturday morning, and a large classroom was packed with teary-eyed people. Normally this would conjure a somber image, but, on Oct. 22, it was a vision of inspiration – of students with disabilities, their parents and caregivers, and providers inspired to grow, learn, and act together. One student who presented to the ...
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HONOLULU — State of Hawai‘i departments are coming together to increase opportunities and support for the employment of people with disabilities. The agreement was announced during a ceremony today that also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the success of employees, employers, and training programs that have brought down barriers to employment for people ...
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White Cane Walk 2016

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in Main, News

During the month of October 2016, the Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) organized four walks on three islands to raise awareness of the importance of the white cane for those who are blind, deaf and blind or visually impaired. The walks garnered support and attention from across the community and even ...
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On Friday, September 23, the Department of Human Services (DHS) came together with 16 other non-profit groups and state and federal agencies to host a provider fair to connect individuals – especially those in an encampment at the Wai‘anae Small Boat Harbor – with resources. An estimated 150 people attended throughout the day. The efforts ...
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The Department of Education in partnership with community organizations and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation bring the “Footsteps to Transition” Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22 to Kaimukī High School. The free event targets middle and high school students with special needs, their families, teachers, case managers, therapists, and anyone else in these students’ circles of ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2016 White Cane Walks Raise Awareness and Empower Blind and Visually Impaired Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Ho‘opono Services for the Blind celebrates the 24th annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk across the state. Four walks taking place on three islands aim to increase the ...
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On September 1, 2016, the Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership grew. As many are aware, former Director Rachael Wong left our department at the end of August. We are sincerely grateful for her vision and leadership during her nearly two years with the department. We wish her the best of luck in all of ...
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The Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women (HSCSW) recently hosted and sponsored a successful national conference, bringing together advocates for women and girls from across the country. Notable speakers included members of the Hawai‘i Women’s Legislative Caucus, who spoke to the group of more than 100 attendees about the importance of women’s involvement ...
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Gov. Ige made the new Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership team official on Sept. 9, 2016. The governor hosted a swearing in ceremony where Director Bhanot and Deputy Director Holthus could begin their tenure by taking their oaths of office. DHS division, staff office and attached agency leadership came together to celebrate our new ...
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Gov. Ige’s Office News Release September 16, 2016 HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige announced today that more than 400 homeless individuals will be served over the next two years through the state’s new Family Assessment Center.  The Family Assessment Center (FAC) is the converted maintenance shed, adjacent to Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park. It will temporarily house ...
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