Resources

Aids & Appliances

Assistive Technology Center Resource Centers of Hawaii (Atrc)

Phone: (808) 537-2808
Email: atrc-infor@atrc.org

Enablemart Sales Office

Low Vision Items; Screen Readers; Braille Embossers; Notetakers; Braille Translation

4210 E. 4th Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Phone: (888) 640-1999
Fax: (360) 695-4155
Email: sales@enablemart.com
Independent Living Aids, Inc.

Call For Product Catalogs

27 East Mall
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: 1-800-537-2118
Island Computer Access Now (ICAN)

406 N.E. 375th Avenue
Washougal, WA 98671

Toll-free phone: 1-800-498-3045
Phone: (360) 837-3128
Technical Support Phone: (800) 498-3045
Fax: (360) 837-3192
Email: ican@gosky.com
Website: www.islandcomputeraccessnow.com
Contact: Ron Salviolo
LS&S Group, Inc.

P.O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065

Phone orders: 1-800-468-4789
Phone info: 1-708-498-9777
Maxi-Aids

42 Executive Blvd.
P.O. Box 3209
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Phone orders: 1-800-522-6294
Phone info:1-516-752-0521
Optical Suppliers, Inc. (OSI)

99-1253 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Phone: (808) 486-2933
Fax: (808) 486-6458
Contact: Lydia Miyashiro
Pacmed

420 Kuwili Street, Suite 101
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Phone: (808) 537-1671
Fax: (808) 537-1393
Hours: Mon-Fri 9a to 5 pm
Email: sales@pacmedhawaii.com
Website: www.pacmedhawaii.com
Social Security Office

Phone: 1-800-772-1213
The Light House, Inc.

111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 1-800-829-0500

Blind/LowVision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Assistive Technology
Island Skill Gathering (ISG)

Assistive Aids & Appliances

3472 Kanaina Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

Phone: (808) 732-4622
Fax: (808) 739-5464
E-Mail: isg@aloha.net
Website: www.isghawaii.com
Contact: Wally Soares

Organizations

American Council Of The Blind (ACB)

1155 15th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 467-5081
Fax: (202) 467-5085
Website: www.acb.org
Melanie Brunson, Executive Director

Disability Communication Access Board (DCAB

Phone: (808) 523-4495
Hawaii Association Of Parents Of The Visually Impaired (HPAVI)

c/o Myles Tamashiro
95-1027 Aelike Street
Mililani, Hawaii 96789

Phone: (808) 626-0535
Hawaii Association Of The Blind (HAB)

c/o Warren Toyama
1255 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Phone: (808) 521-6213
Hawaii Lions Eye Bank And Makana Foundation

1329 Lusitana Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Phone: (808) 536-7416
National Federation Of The Blind (NFB) Of Hawaii

Nani Fife
P.O. Box 4482
Honolulu, Hawaii 96812

Phone: (808) (808) 843-0733 (Ext. 229)
Website: www.nfb.org
Winners At Work

414 Kuwili Street, Suite 103
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Phone: (808) 532-2100
Fax: (808) 532-2108
Email: skofel@diverseabilities.org
Website: www.winnersatwork.org

Winners at work is an organization dedicated to partnering with people with disabilities who want to find work that is both fulfilling and profitable.

Services

Assistive Technology Users Group (ATUG)

Contact: Art Cabanilla
Phone: (808) 737-4284
City & County Accessibility Policy And Contacts

Website: www.honolulu.gov/parks/ada/chapter4.pdf
Directory Assistance Exemption

Hawaiian Telcom
P.O. Box 2200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96841

Unlimited use of 411 with no charge. You may inform the operator that you are blind and there may be no charge for the connection.

Phone: (808) 643-3456 (Customer Service)
Website: www.hawaiiantel.com
Free Cataract Surgery

Dr. Worldster Lee (1 x /yr in June)

Phone: (808) 524-1010

Dr. Carlos Omphrey (Anytime of yr)

Phone: (808) 625-5577

Dr. John Olkowski

Phone: (808) 735-1935
Hawaii Disability Rights Center (Client Assistance Program)
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1040,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Phone: (808) 949-2922
H-Kiss Program (Dept. of Health)

Phone: (808) 973-9633 (Oahu)
1-800-235-5477 (Neighbor Island)
Website: www.zerotothree.org

Works with children zero to three years old.
Office Of Youth Services (Bookshare Organization)

820 Mililani Street, Suite 817
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Phone: (808) 587-5715
Fax: (808) 587-5734
Contact: Kelly Otake – Children Youth Specialist
Library For The Blind And Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

402 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Phone: (808) 733-8444
Fax: (808) 733-8449
Email: olibcirc@lib.state.hi.us

The Library For the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers talking books, braille books, large type books, descriptive videos, transcribing services, radio reading service, and community services. It is a regional library in the national library service for persons who are blind and persons with physical disabilities. It is also a library in the Hawaii State Library System.
“Lifeline” Telephone Rates

Lifeline rates for low-cost telephone service are for individuals who:

1. Are 60 or older and whose annual household income is $10,000 or less, or

2. Are physically or mentally disabled and whose total household income is $10,000 or less, and

A. Have only one telephone line in the house, and

B. Have the address listed as primary residence and phone listed in own name.

3. Persons receiving Medicaid, SSI, food stamps and other federal programs for low income qualify.
Newsline

Need Assistance With Reading The Newspaper?

Phone: (808) 722-4243 Virgil Stinnett, Newsline Coordinator in Hawaii or (808) 595-6123 (NFB Of Hawaii) Call and leave message.
Neighbor Islands Toll Free: (866) 595-6123
Oahu Transit Services (Paratransit)

c/o The Handivan
811 Middle Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Phone: (808) 454-5055 Cancellations And Late Vans
Phone: (808) 456-5555 Reservations (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)

$2.00 One Way. Please Use Reservations Number For Early Cancellations. Use Cancellations Number For Urgent Cancellations.

State Toll – Free Access Number For Each Island:

Hawaii: (808) 974-4373 (At tone press #75515)
Maui: (808) 984-2044 (At tone press #75515)
Kauai: (808) 274-3134 (At tone press #75515)
Molokai/Lanai: 1-800-468-4644
The Bus Company
Phone: (808) 848-4500
Veteran’s Administration

Dept. Of Veteran’s Affairs
Phone: 1-800-827-1000

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
Phone: (808) 433-0560
Website Addresses For Major Eye Diseases

Cataracts – www.eri.harvard.edu/htmlfiles/cataract.html

Diabetic Retinopathy – www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/diabetic.html

Glaucoma – www.glaucoma.org

Macular Degeneration – www.macular.org

Retinitis Pigmentosa

www.geocities.com/retinitispigmentosa
http://edirectory.higov.net (To search for state employer)

Social Organizations

Holo Holo Club

Contact: Charlotte Tsie
Phone: (808) 255-5439
Meetings: First or second Friday of each month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Richard Street YWCA.

To allow blind and visually impaired persons to support each other, socialize and live a productive life in the community. Once-a-month outings to different restaurants.
Hui Kupuna VIP

c/o Louise Horio
99-691 Kaulainahee Place
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Phone: (808) 488-0179
Email: smahtcookie@hawaiiantel.net
Members Are Age 55 And Older. Call For Information.
Sailing

c/o Bill Klimpl
Phone: (808) 422-0078

Tax Assistance, Volunteer

Call Ho’opono for information at 586-5267. Tax return preparations are usually done at Ho’opono in early February each year.
Tax Exemption For Blindness/General Excise Tax Exemption

Dept. Of Taxation
P.O. Box 259
Honolulu, Hawaii 96809

Request form N-172 claim for tax exemption by persons with impaired sight or hearing or by totally disabled person and physician’s certification form N-172 can also be used for general excise tax exemption (GE tax).

Phone: 1-800-222-3229
Website: www.irs.gov/eitc
Property Tax Exemption

City & County Of Honolulu
Phone: (808) 527-5500

Training

Blind Awareness: Education And Resources Web Page

Email: doctorron@hawaii.rr.com
Career Kokua Hawaii Information Delivery System

Phone: (808)587-5515
Fax: (808)587-5522
Email: dlir.rs.hcids@hawaii.gov

Mon-Fri (7:45am-4:30pm)

2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Email: kokua@hawaii.edu
Website: www.eawaii.edu/kokua (Disability Access Services)
Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs, Inc.

c/o Jeanne Torres
747 Amana Street, #407
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Phone: (808) 941-1088
Guide Dogs for the Blind

P.O.Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915-1200
Phone: (800)295-4050
Website: www.guidedogs.com
Maui Older Blind Program

Ricky Melchor
Phone: (808) 283-2560
Kauai Older Blind Program

Glenn Nakagawara
Phone: (808) 482-1668