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.



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.

To view HAB's Public Service Announcements, please visit our Youtube Channel by clicking on the link below:

                                                                                     HAB YouTube Channel Link                       







Committees

Click here for HAB Standing Committees and their functions

Upcoming Events

54th HAB ANNUAL CONVENTION 2021

The Hawaii Association of the Blind (HAB) is celebrating its 54th Annual Convention on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Due to the current pandemic, we are holding it VIRTUALLY via Zoom.

To register for this event:

1.  If you are paying by credit/debit card, please click here. Please note that you will be directed to a secure site.

        Eventbrite Link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hawaii-association-of-the-blind-54th-annual-convention-2021-tickets-145769092279

2. If you are paying by check, please mail check to:

        Beth Flormata

        91-1727 Bond Street

        Ewa Beach, HI 96706


See you all at the Convention!


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