November 17, 2003
HONOLULU – The public and business community are invited to
attend the "Communication is Key" Conference, a FREE event showcasing
services and products available to assist communication for people with
hearing, speech, and visual disabilities.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, more businesses are
searching for ways to meet their obligation to be more accessible to
their staff and customer base. "Businesses and organizations should be
aware of the latest in products and services that enhance communication
to people with disabilities as customers and employees," said Francine
Wai, Executive Director of the Disability and Communication Access
Board, one of the co-sponsoring agencies. "Accessibility is good
business," says Wai.
The conference will feature interactive exhibits with hands-on
demonstrations of the newest assistive technology services and devices.
Some of the products featured will be Sprint Hawaii’s Captioned
Telephone, Video Relay Service, Online Relay, and products from other
businesses in the community. Workshops will highlight topics including
sign language, captioning services, Braille documents, hearing disabled
phone services and website accessibility.
The "Communication Is Key" Conference is sponsored by the Disability
and Communication Access Board, Sprint Relay Hawaii, and the Pacific
ADA & IT Center (Pacific DBTAC).
The conference takes place Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at the Hilton
Hawaiian Village, Kalia Executive Conference Center. Conference
workshops are scheduled from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. with the
interactive exhibits open to the public from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. A
reception open to the public will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00
p.m. The conference and exhibits are free although advanced
registration is required to attend the workshops. Attendance at the
workshops is limited to first-come, first-served.
For conference registration information, call (808) 586-8121
(Voice/TTY). To view the conference brochure, go to /health/dcab/training/communication.htm.
For more information, contact:
Disability and Communication Access Board
Phone: 586-8121 (Voice/TTY)
Information Specialist, Communications Office