Disability in Hawaii
Finding out about the programs and events that help aid those with a disability in Hawaii is not difficult to do. There is a very interactive group devoted to the cause and it has a website that is updated regularly with ideas, helpful hints, and events to help you get more involved in the community. There are combinations of wonderful service projects, community workshops, and even art festivals that will help to make sure that people all over the islands with disabilities are able to come and be a part of.
If you are a person with a disability in Hawaii, you may find yourself in need of someone to help you meet up with some legal or ethical infringement on your rights as a disabled person. Luckily, the Hawaii Disability Rights Center was founded with the goal of helping to protect and be an advocate of people with disabilities in Hawaii. The center was founded as part of the congressional act to help provide for and care for some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens, the disabled. The three main rights that this center strives to protect are:
- Human Rights—the rights guaranteed to all persons in the Constitution.
- Legal Rights—the rights that are legally afforded to persons with disabilities.
- Civil Rights—the continuation of these both of the previous rights to guarantee a person with a disability their rights to engage in civil matters.
If you are a person with a disability in Hawaii, and you encounter some form of resistance, cruelty or otherwise harmful behavior directed at you because of your disability, you have the right to engage in civil lawsuits to help protect you on these matters. Those who work in public rights centers and in other advocacy programs for the disabled should be able to help you resolve any controversial matters you may encounter. This sometimes includes getting proper representation to help see you through a civil law suit if that is what the matter comes to.
Reporting Abuse or Neglect
If you are a person with a disability in Hawaii who has suffered from either abuse or neglect at the hands of your caretaker, then you should know that you have the right to contact someone to help. Do not be afraid to contact someone who can help.