Hawaii Association of the Blind Logo that has a colorful flower lei surrounding the letters HAB with a cane through the center



Hawaii Association of the Blind

"advocating independence, equality and opportunity for the blind"

Aloha and Welcome!

We are the State Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

American Council of the Blind together for a bright future logo showing braille under ACB

Purpose of Hawaii Association of the Blind



Throughout the history of the world, blind people have been discriminated against, coddled, and generally misunderstood. Locally, the same patterns of discrimination became apparent as more and more blind people became aware and informed. Prior to the early 60s, there were no organizations of blind people in Hawaii that dealt with philosophical changes or attempted to solve blind people's individual problems caused by discrimination.


The organized blind movement in Hawaii began in 1967. The Hawaii Association of the Blind was organized on the following philosophical foundation:


-- Blind people ought to be equal participants with their sighted peers in the productive pursuits of society. In order to achieve complete integration into society, blind people must be educated to believe that they can, and indeed should, share in the rights and responsibilities of the sighted.

-- Blind people must be perceived by all other citizens as being equal. Diligent efforts must be made to educate the sighted population in order for blind people to equally participate in the activities of the community.

-- Blind people themselves need to act to eliminate major obstacles by seeking necessary statutory changes and by insisting upon positive public policies from governmental agencies, including the judiciary.



Important Announcement from Hawaii Foundation for the Blind

Eligible persons are invited to apply for a COVID-19 Financial Grant Community Project of the Hawaii Foundation for the Blind. This project aims to provide financial assistance to eligible persons.

Please click this link for the detailed guidelines and application form


Upcoming Events


2020 ACB NATIONAL CONVENTION

Virtual Convention

July 3 - 10th 2020

Attention HAB Members: Please click this link for the 2020 ACB National Convention Registration Scholarship Application of $25


Important Update about the 2020 Conference and Convention:


Due to the ever-changing restrictions involving the Coronavirus and The American Council of the Blind’s concern for everyone's health and safety, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Conference and Convention in Schaumburg, IL. This does not mean there won't be a convention. Our team is hard at work developing an engaging and inspiring virtual agenda across a host of interactive and accessible platforms. We will still hold our general sessions, special-interest affiliate, committee and business partner programming.   Vendors will be able to provide information to you about their products.  There will even be a virtual walk, auction and banquet. To make sure you receive the most up to date information, subscribe to our convention announce list by sending a blank email to acbconvention-subscribe@acblists.org or contact Janet Dickelman, convention coordinator at janet.dickelman@gmail.com, or by phone at (651) 428-5059.


2020 RSVH ANNUAL CONVENTION

Saturday, October 2020

Venue: To be Announced

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