Ho'opono Services for the Blind- HI GOV

Ho'opono Services for the Blind- HI GOV We provide services to blind and visually impaired residents of Hawaii. IMPORTANT- DO NOT USE THIS SITE TO REPORT ABUSE, NEGLECT OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. PLEASE CALL 911 OR THE CONTACT PAGE AT humanservices.hawaii.gov
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Operating as usual

08/28/2020
apps.irs.gov

Do you know anyone who has claimed unemployment this year? As of April 2020, over 23 million Americans filed for unemployment, and one out of four Americans received unemployment this year. The IRS needs your help to reach these individuals and make sure they know that unemployment is taxable income. You do not want to be caught off guard when filing your tax return next year!

With your help, more people will know that:
• unemployment income is taxable
• they can contact their state unemployment office to have taxes withheld from ongoing unemployment payments
• if they did not have taxes withheld from unemployment payments, there are ways to pay on those taxes before the year ends
• they can use the withholding calculator https://apps.irs.gov/app/tax-withholding-estimator, and determine what they may owe

08/26/2020

Today, Governor Ige and Honolulu Mayor Caldwell announced Oahu will be going into a 2 week stay at home order starting this Thursday at 12:01am. With them were U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams who reminded everyone about the 3 "W"'s...
Wash your hands
Watch your distance
Wear your mask when out and about

If you have some free time, read this article in Honolulu Magazine about three people who contracted COVID-19 and their ...
08/25/2020
COVID-19 Hits Home: Three Oʻahu People Who Contracted COVID-19 Talk About Their Illness and Long Recovery

If you have some free time, read this article in Honolulu Magazine about three people who contracted COVID-19 and their long road to recovery. Be safe...wear a mask and social distance!

http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/August-2020/COVID-19-Hits-Home-Three-Oahu-People-Who-Contracted-COVID-19-Talk-About-Their-Illness-and-Long-Recovery/

The number of coronavirus cases in Hawai‘i just surpassed 4,000, with more than 2,000 of those cases recorded in the past two weeks.

Just because you got COVID-19 and recovered doesn't mean you're immune from getting it again.  Sounds like there are dif...
08/24/2020
Researchers report 1st confirmed cases of coronavirus reinfection

Just because you got COVID-19 and recovered doesn't mean you're immune from getting it again. Sounds like there are different strains of the virus...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/researchers-report-1st-confirmed-cases-135337804.html

Contracting coronavirus once may not be the end of the road we once thought it could be.Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, doctors have reported that some patients have seemingly contracted coronavirus, recovered from it, and contracted it again. But coronavirus reinfections hadn't been confirme...

08/19/2020

Don't forget that starting at midnight, the following goes into effect...
• No indoor or outdoor gatherings for the next 28 days
• No parties larger than 5 people
• Face coverings required at all shopping malls
• Face coverings required at all in-person spiritual services, no singing, no wind instruments
• No groups larger than 5 at restaurants (down from 10)
• Outdoor attractions, recreational and commercial boating-no groups larger than 5
• No social gatherings are permitted in businesses
• Businesses encouraged to reduce employee numbers on-site by encouraging tele-commuting or staggered work schedules.
• No groups larger than 5 at museums and movie theatres
• Bars, beaches, parks, trails, remained closed

08/19/2020

Mayor Kirk Caldwell gave a great analogy at today's press conference...wearing a mask is like a seatbelt and bike helmet...they only work it you put it on. We have the choice...do it for you and others!

08/15/2020

Please read the update from Ho`opono Administrator, Lea Dias...

Dear Ho`opono Consumers, Community Partners, and other Friends,

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so do my concerns about the number of staff coming in to the Ho`opono office. Out of an abundance of caution, effective Monday 8/17, the number of staff coming in to the Bachelot Street building will be further reduced.

Many of our staff have already been teleworking, but now more will be doing so, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You can continue to reach staff via the main telephone line, (808) 586-5269, or via email. We will continue to send out email and Facebook updates as well.

This is just for now, and hopefully a temporary measure until we start seeing new infection rates go down.

I ask you for your patience as we all work through this time together, continuing to provide essential services to you, with the health and safety of our staff, their families and the community in mind.

Be well,

Lea

08/11/2020
www.honolulu.gov

If any of you wanted to read the latest Emergency Order 2020-23 signed by Mayor Caldwell, check out this link to get the full details of what you can and can't do until September 5.

https://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/may/may_docs/EO_2020-23.pdf

So you've heard it from the news as well as commercials on TV that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. ...
08/10/2020
Neck gaiters may actually increase COVID-19 transmission, study finds

So you've heard it from the news as well as commercials on TV that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Well that might not be the case with all types of masks. Read this story...

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/neck-gaiters-may-actually-increase-covid-19-transmission-study-finds-183034882.html

A new study from researchers at Duke University School of Medicine suggests that some masks may actually be making the pandemic worse.

We are sad to announce that our Department of Human Services Director, Pankaj Bhanot, is stepping away to take care of h...
08/07/2020
Director delayed exit to help with pandemic, in latest state helm change

We are sad to announce that our Department of Human Services Director, Pankaj Bhanot, is stepping away to take care of his health. Pankaj his been with our department for over 21 years in various positions and was Deputy Director prior to him becoming our Director in 2016. He has been such a great leader and his warmth and outgoing personality will be missed.

Taking his place is our Deputy Director, Cathy Betts, who we look forward to continuing our department's mission to THRIVE.

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/director-delayed-exit-to-help-with-pandemic-in-latest-state-helm-change/

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The head of one of the state’s largest departments — Human Services — is stepping down, this after both the labor and tax departments recently had turnove…

08/04/2020

With all the triple digit cases of COVID on Oahu, we all need to do our part with social distancing and wearing a mask. I really hope that we don't go back to a total shutdown again as prior to July, Hawaii was doing so well with keeping COVID numbers low.

Check out the link to view a story by ABC News that features Bill Nye's message to the youth on their defiance of COVID-19 guidelines. View the video from 5:02...

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/bill-nye-message-young-revelers-defying-covid-19-174900952--abc-news-topstories.html

So I had listed two previous posts on recalled hand sanitizers.  FDA has updated the list to 75!  Check out the story fr...
07/23/2020
FDA further expands list of hand sanitizers to avoid due to methanol risk with more added to 'import alert'

So I had listed two previous posts on recalled hand sanitizers. FDA has updated the list to 75! Check out the story from USA Today...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/07/18/hand-sanitizer-recall-avoid-these-brands-may-contain-methanol/5466054002/

The FDA says to avoid 75 kinds of hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol. Some have been recalled or listed on an import alert.

From a New York Times article on the IrisVision, a new tech device that helps restore visual function to people with eye...
07/22/2020
Technology Bridges the Gap to Better Sight

From a New York Times article on the IrisVision, a new tech device that helps restore visual function to people with eye conditions as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. Check out the article...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/health/vision-problems-technology-headsets.html?searchResultPosition=1

More than 6 million Americans have vision problems that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. Companies like IrisVision are creating headsets to help them see better.

A cool story about Art Garfunkel (some of the younger people might not know who this is!) and his friendship that starte...
07/16/2020
Inside Art Garfunkel's Bond with Blind College Roommate Who Says His Care Was ‘End of Hopelessness’

A cool story about Art Garfunkel (some of the younger people might not know who this is!) and his friendship that started 61 years ago in college with a blind student...

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/inside-art-garfunkels-bond-blind-181522941.html

A new book tells the extraordinary story of how, before stardom dawned, the musician devoted himself to being eyes—and a lifeline—for his beloved roommate Sanford "Sandy" Greenberg, who went blind during their junior year.

For many of us who have children in school, these past few months have been a challenge.  Even though they were getting ...
07/14/2020
COVID-19 Leaves Blind Students Even Further Behind - Illinois Newsroom

For many of us who have children in school, these past few months have been a challenge. Even though they were getting online or distance learning, it doesn't replace in the in person learning that they are used to. For students with a disability, the distance learning created even more barriers and limitations which puts them farther behind their peers. Check out this article which talks about blind students...

https://illinoisnewsroom.org/covid-19-leaves-blind-students-even-further-behind/

Amber McKeag says her son Darrin received little braille instruction before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Illinois. Now, she says, he doesn’t receive any. McKeag and her family live in a rural part of Mercer County, on the Iowa-Illinois border. Her son, Darrin, who is about to turn 10, suffers from Ba...

Saw this story on the internet yesterday.  Still blows me away to think that this woman could fool her husband for so lo...
07/13/2020
Gran who stole £1 million in benefits was 'craftiest woman ever', says husband

Saw this story on the internet yesterday. Still blows me away to think that this woman could fool her husband for so long that she was blind...

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gran-who-stole-1-million-22340532

Christina Pomfrey, 65, used the first name of his husband's late first wife and falsely claimed she was blind, disabled and suffering from multiple sclerosis as she stole benefits for 15 years

07/08/2020

If anyone needs to get in contact with their local Social Security office, here is the number along with their hours of operation. Remember all of these offices are CLOSED for walk in appointments.

Honolulu- 1-855-572-4879, Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm
Kapolei- 1-855-572-4866, Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm
Lihue- 1-855-572-4842, Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm
Wailuku- 1-855-572-4863, Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm
Hilo- 1-855-572-4860, Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm

Today, Hawaii has seen its highest confirmed cases of COVID-19. It will probably go up as we just had a 3 day weekend wh...
07/08/2020
Hawaii’s highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases includes 38 on Oahu, 2 on Kauai and 1 on Big Island

Today, Hawaii has seen its highest confirmed cases of COVID-19. It will probably go up as we just had a 3 day weekend where many had gatherings where social distancing were not followed and facemasks weren't being used.

I went hiking this past Friday with my family and we used our facemasks when we saw people on the trail. At times, it was difficult to breathe and communicate but we passed people who didn't have facemasks on that were breathing hard.

Please remember to use facemasks when going out into public. I know it can be uncomfortable but it can prevent the spread and possibly reduce the chance of getting the virus if airborne. It's not only to keep you safe but to keep those we come into contact with as well.

Take care and be safe!

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/07/07/breaking-news/hawaii-records-41-new-coronavirus-cases-in-states-highest-daily-increase-since-pandemic-began/

07/02/2020

With the 4th of July weekend coming up, please remember to practice social distancing, wear facemasks when going out in public and wash your hands! Take care and be safe!

A few years ago, two Ho`opono staff members had given me the contact information of a woman they had met at the PacRim C...
06/30/2020

A few years ago, two Ho`opono staff members had given me the contact information of a woman they had met at the PacRim Conference who was interested in seeing what we do at Ho`opono. She was a professor at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital and came all the way to Hawaii to get more information on working with individuals with disabilities.

I emailed her back and she came for a tour to get a better understanding of how we work with blind individuals so she can take some of our practices back to Nigeria. One of the students at the time, Sheldon, gave her a tour of the classes. I also got to sit with her and answer questions she had. I had extra slates and stylus, Braille Pop Cells and a few other teaching materials she could take back to Nigeria.

That was back in 2017 and this morning I received a nice email as well as a few pictures updating me. She mentioned...

"I distributed them to Primaryand Short Course pupils at the School for the Blind, Oji River, Enugu, and Bina Foundation; a vocational rehabilitation Centre, both in Enugu State, Nigeria, respectively on May 23rd and June 10th 2019. They were very happy to receive the donations and thank your centre for its immense kindness"

How amazing that the intertaction that Claudia and Shayla had with this woman has impacted blind individuals all the way in Nigeria!

Mahalo Dr. Ebele Okoli! Pictured is the Dr. Okoli when she visited Ho`opono back in 2017 and a few of the pictures she sent of the blind students with the slates, stylus and other tools we provided.

With the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide, many believe that one reason is due to the large number of people atte...
06/29/2020
COVID Outbreaks Are Being Traced Back To Parties — Not Protests

With the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide, many believe that one reason is due to the large number of people attending protests and rallies. Check out this story to see the increased number of 25-49 year old positive cases is due to not wearing masks in settings such as parties, bars, restaurants, gyms...

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/covid-outbreaks-being-traced-back-063004115.html

The low cluster rate from protests are being attributed to "the fact that many or most protesters were wearing masks, the events were outside, and people were often able to maintain a 6-foot distance."

Hand sanitizers are more popular than ever with COVID-19.  Read the article below as the FDA announced 9 hand sanitizers...
06/23/2020
Here are 9 hand sanitizers that the FDA warns can be toxic if absorbed by the body

Hand sanitizers are more popular than ever with COVID-19. Read the article below as the FDA announced 9 hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem that could be toxic if absorbed by the body…

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/here-are-9-hand-sanitizers-that-the-fda-warns-can-be-toxic-if-absorbed-by-the-body-2020-06-22?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

The Food and Drug Administration over the weekend issued a warning on nine alcohol-based hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico that...

Address

1901 Bachelot St
Honolulu, HI
96817

We are located in the Liliha/Nuuanu area and are easily accessible by city bus. You can either take the #4 or #13 heading mauka and get off at the Kuakini Street stop. Bachelot Street is on the mauka side of Kuakini Street.

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Welcome to the Ho`opono Services for the Blind Official page on Facebook! Ho`opono is a branch in the Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation specializing in services for blind and visually impaired individuals. Services provided: Vocational Rehabilitation Services, New Visions Program, Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, Low Vision Clinic, Business Enterprise/Vending Program, Transition Program, Public Outreach/Presentations COMMENT POLICY: This is a limited public forum that serves as the official page for Ho`opono Services for the Blind (Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for the Blind Branch) with the people of Hawaii and our friends outside of Hawaii. We welcome your comment on our topic or post, but please comment with “Aloha” since this page is family friendly. Please take personal responsibility for and be respectful in your comments. If your comment is deleted per the provisions below, you have the option of sending your comment by accessing the “Message” feature at the top of the Facebook main page, by sending an email that does not violate any laws, or by sending a hardcopy version of your comment to the following address: Ho`opono Services for the Blind 1901 Bachelot Street Honolulu, HI 96817 RE: Deletion of Comments. A comment that violates the Facebook‘s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities may be removed by Facebook. (http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) For information on what Facebook allows and does not allow, read the Facebook Community Standards: (http://www.facebook.com/communitystandards) We have activated the Profanity Blocklist feature provided by Facebook. This feature will block the most commonly reported words and phrases marked as offensive by the broader community. We will delete a comment, content, or expression (“comment”) that disrupts, disturbs, impedes, is contrary to, is inappropriate for, or interferes with function of and ability of this limited public forum to fulfill its purpose, such as a comment that is: • Off-topic; • Profane or sexually explicit; • Using an offensive term that targets a specific individual(s) or groups, including a term based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation; • Invasive of a person's privacy; • A commercial solicitation or advertisement, a chain letter, or a pyramid scheme; • Containing personal information such as a driver license number, a social security number, and other information protected by law; • Disclosing any detail about an ongoing investigation or court or administrative proceeding that could prejudice the process or interfere with the rights or claims of a person or entity; • Part of or is a repetitive post copied and pasted by multiple users; • Spam or could constitute spam; and • Speech for which content-based restrictions are permitted, including incitement, obscenity, defamation, speech integral to criminal conduct, so-called “fighting words,” child pornography, fraud, true threats, and speech presenting some grave and imminent threat the Government has the power to prevent. Ho`opono Services for the Blind monitors this Facebook site actively during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Hawaii Standard Time (Hawaii State and Federal Holidays are observed). This page is subject to amendment or modification at any time. Thank you for taking the time to read this page.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:45 - 16:30
Tuesday 07:45 - 16:30
Wednesday 07:45 - 16:30
Thursday 07:45 - 16:30
Friday 07:45 - 16:30

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(808) 586-5269

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