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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.

Support HAB

We, at the Hawaii Association of the Blind, are committed to partnering with the community in advocating for equality and independence for the blind and visually impaired.  

Your generous support will make a huge and significant difference in changing the lives of blind or visually impaired persons through our programs and services.

Your donation is tax-deductible as no goods or services have been provided by the Hawaii Association of the Blind.

We are extremely grateful and thank you for your generous donation as we continue to work towards a continued collaboration with you in helping Hawaii's blind community.


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Upcoming Events

54th HAB Annual Convention

Theme: Moving Through Adversity

Date: Saturday, 01 May 2021

Time: 8 AM to 8:30 PM

Venue: Virtual via Zoom- HAB Account

Details to be announced.


"Celebrating Over fifty years of achievement and advocacy"


Virtual National Business Enterprise Program Training Conference

February 15-18, 2021

For more details, visit: https://randolph-sheppard.org/pdfdisplay.php

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