ALOHA!Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii! We are the Hawaii affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind NFB. The NFB of Hawaii has chartered a Merchants Division and Students Division and four chapters. Please be patient as this is a mere beginning of our web site and we guarantee that in the near future there will be lots
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF HAWAII IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND--IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES.
July 29-August 3, 2013:|
|This inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program will provide students with learning opportunities in STEM disciplines ranging from engineering and robotics to the science of cooking. The program, to be held in the Baltimore metropolitan area on the campus of Towson University from July 29, to August 3, will serve fifty blind high school students from around the country. The application deadline is midnight on May 15, 2013. Apply now or learn more at http://www.blindscience.org/STEMX.|
|NFB of Hawaii Convention|
The National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii state convention will be held the weekend of September 14 and 15, at the Waikiki Elk Club Lodge.
2933 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
|For more information use the contact information toward the bottom of this page.|
|NFB Launches Vehicle Donation Program|
|The National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to launch a new vehicle donation program. The NFB’s vehicle donation program accepts almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. All donations may be eligible for a tax donation on your federal income tax return. For more information, including how to donate, please read the official press release or visit www.nfb.org/vehicledonations.|
|Petition to Support Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities|
We, the undersigned, are Americans with disabilities who are adversely affected by subminimum wage payments to workers with disabilities; representatives of organizations made up of, and working on behalf of, Americans with disabilities; friends and family members of individuals who have disabilities; and other concerned citizens who believe in fairness and equality. We all speak in support of the repeal of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which authorizes Special Wage Certificates that permit employers to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wages, some as low as 3 cents per hour.
We reject the low expectations for, the false view of the true capacity of, and the misguided compassion used to justify this discrimination against workers with disabilities. This provision has existed for over seventy years, and rather than creating real employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, it has relegated hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities to segregated, subminimum wage work environments, perpetuated the misconception that workers with disabilities do not have the capacity for productive employment, and masked the need for further development and implementation of innovative employment strategies for the competitive integrated employment of people with disabilities. We all believe that the future prospects for workers with disabilities are limited only by the spirit, ambition, and imagination of Americans with disabilities, and by the willingness of society to expand and implement enlightened policies that will help them succeed. We adamantly assert that as long as workers with disabilities are denied the same workforce protections as every other American citizen, and the solution to the employment dilemma of workers with disabilities is thought to be their continued segregation in subminimum-wage work environments, our society will never truly implement the innovative employment strategies that empower workers with disabilities to fully participate in the workforce. For these reasons, we, the undersigned, urge the repeal of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act in order to abolish the unfair, discriminatory, immoral practice of paying workers with disabilities subminimum wages; to reverse over seventy years of mistaken institutionalized thinking about the employment capacity of people with disabilities; and to incentivize the development, implementation, and use of innovative strategies for their competitive, integrated employment.
To sign the petition, visit www.nfb.org/fair-wages-petition
Mr. Anil Lewis, M.P.A.
Director of Advocacy and Policy
“Eliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities” http://www.nfb.org/fairwages
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314 ext. 2374 (Voice)
(410) 685-5653 (FAX)
Email: Anil Lewis
|NFB of Hawaii, Honolulu chapter|
|The NFB of Hawaii Honolulu Chapter holds its regular meeting on the second Tuesday
of the month from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come join us at our next meeting.
The next meeting is for Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Cathedral of Saint Andrew
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813
We look forward to seeing you all there.
For more information on the chapter meetings, contact the chapter President.
President, Kyle Laconsay
phone: (808) 457-7757 Cell
E-mail: Kyle Laconsay
|NFB of Hawaii, Anuenue (Rainbow) Chapter|
The next regular meeting of the NFB of Hawaii Anuenue Chapter will be on:
Saturday, April 20, 2013
From: 8:30 AM to 10:25 AM
This meeting will be via Free Conferencing, If you wish to Participate and have never so before, you will need to provide your full name and an E-mail address. You will also need to have unlimited long distance calling service through your phone carrier.
For more information about the Anuenue chapter, Contact: Ann Lemke
Phone: (808) 232-4040 (cell)
E-mail: Ann Lemke
|Kauai Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii|
Our next meeting will be on December 6, 2012 at Gaylord's Restaurant at 10:00 AM. We will be having election of officers, and also a guest speaker from the West Kauai Lions Club. We will also be collecting Toys For Tots, so bring a unwraped toy.
For more information about the Kauai Chapter, contact Patricia Shaddock:
For E-mail contact: Kauai NFB
|NFB of Hawaii West Hawaii Chapter|
Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at 1:00 P.M., at the Regency at Hualalai on Hualalai Road in Kailua Kona.
Our next meeting is April 14, 2013.
Please join us.
For more information about the NFB of Hawaii West Hawaii Chapter contact:
Ms. Sally Hamond, Chapter President
Phone: (808) 345-7065
The National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii is a 501(C)(3) Not-for-Profit tax exempt organization.
All donations to the National Federation of the Blind of Hawai`i are tax deductable.
If you wish to make a donation, please contact us using the information below.
All donations to the National Federation of the Blind of Hawai`i are tax deductable. If you wish to make a donation, please contact us using the information below.
NFB of Hawaii|
PO Box 4482
Honolulu, Hawaii 96812
Oahu: (808) 595-6123
Voicemail Toll-free: (866) 595-6123
Fax: (808) 595-6664
|President Nani Fife|