Hawai’i Pacific Deaf-Blind Project

Hawaii Pacific Deaf-Blind Project

What is the Hawai’i & Pacific Deaf-Blind Project (HPDBP)?

The Hawai‘i & Pacific Deaf-Blind Project provides technical assistance to children and youth who are deaf-blind, birth through 21 years of age, and to their families and service providers here in Hawai‘i and outlying Pacific Island nations/jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), Guam,Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands.Technical assistance may include:

  • in-home consultation,
  • school consultation,
  • family support,
  • networking,
  • in-services,
  • bi-annual statewide trainings,
  • referrals to other agencies,
  • and resources.

Services may be requested by families of children and youth with deaf-blindness, school personnel, and agencies providing services to children and youth with deaf-blindness.

Does my child meet the requirements for services?

If you can identify with one of the following conditions listed under the Degree of Vision Loss AND one of the conditions listed under Degree of Hearing Loss, your child can receive services from the Hawai’i & Pacific Deaf-Blind Project.

Degree of Vision Loss:

  • Low Vision (visual acuity of 20/70 to 20/200)
  • Legally Blind (visual acuity of 20/200 or less or field restriction of 20 degrees)
  • Light Perception Only
  • Totally Blind
  • Cortical Visual Impairment – CVI
  • Diagnosed Progressive Loss
  • Further Testing Needed
  • Documented Functional Vision loss

Degree of Hearing Loss:

  • Mild (26-40 dB loss)
  • Moderate {41-55 dB loss)
  • Moderately Severe (56-70 dB loss)
  • Severe (71-90 dB loss)
  • Profound (91+ dB loss)
  • Diagnosed Progressive Loss
  • Further Testing Needed
  • Documented Functional Hearing Loss
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Auditory Neuropathy
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder

How do I apply for services?

If you are interested in receiving free services/technical assistance for your child or a student who is deaf-blind (has both a vision and hearing loss), please complete and return the Referral Form to the Hawai‘i & Pacific Deaf-Blind Project. Once this information is received, you will be contacted to determine what the specific need is and the best time to schedule the visit.

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Center on Disability Studies
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
1410 Lower Campus Road, 171F
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph. (808) 956-5861
Fax (808) 956-7878


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Jennifer Tarnay
Project Director / Speech Language Pathologist
(808) 753-2351

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Mellanie Lee
Coordinator / Education Specialist
(808) 753-0981

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Rosalind Kia
Resource Specialist
(808) 284-3551

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Ginger Knowles
Family Specialist

Pacific Liaisons

American Samoa
Olive Isaako

Lizelle Amirez

Benedict Saipwerik

Diane Artero

Natasha Tell Meang

Herry Wichep

Imelda Schutz

The contents of this webpage were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education #H326T180027. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of The Center on Disability Studies at University of Hawai’i, Manoa, nor the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.