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Founding of the Hawaii Disability Rights Center

On July 1, 1977, Kahua Ho'omalu Kina (A Place of Protection for Handicapped Persons), Inc.,  was registered with the State of Hawaii Department of Regulatory Agencies, as a non-profit corporation in the State of Hawaii, to carry out the new federal Protection and Advocacy mandate.  

Shortly thereafter, the corporation registered and began doing business as (dba) Protection and Advocacy Agency of Hawaii.   In January 2000, the corporation changed its name to Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC).  

Designation as Hawaii’s “Protection and Advocacy System”

HDRC is designated by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) and Executive Orders 77-3, 82-4, 89-2 and 94-06 as Hawaii's Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for people with disabilities.  

Federal Statutory Authority

42 USC §15001, P.L. 106-402, Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975, as amended.  See inside for additional succeeding authorities.

Protection and Advocacy in Hawaii Revised Statutes

Protection and Advocacy is authorized in Hawaii Revised Statutes 333F-8.5.

Mission and Policy

It is the mission and policy Hawaii Disability Rights Center to protect and advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities, as defined:

Human Rights are those natural rights that are accorded to all human beings.  They are clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Civil Rights are an expansion of basic human rights and are specified in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Hawaii State Constitution.  They include the rights to: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly; petition for change; equal protection under the law; privacy; confidentiality; appeal decisions; freedom from oppression, unlawful search and seizure; and cruel and unusual punishment.

Legal Rights are an expansion of our human and civil rights as established by specific laws, such as those laws which authorize protection and advocacy for people with disabilities. (adopted 8/5/05)

Corporate Administration

Karen Kane, Chair of the Board of Directors (2007)

Gary L. Smith, President

Hawaii Disability Rights Center

900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1040

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Phone (v/tty):  (808) 949-2922; Toll Free:  1(800) 882-1057;  Fax:  (808) 949-2928

E-mail:  Info@HawaiiDisabilityRights.org

Website:  www.HawaiiDisabilitiyRights.org

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