CASES/ISSUES THAT HDRC WILL REPRESENT

The following is a non-exhaustive list of individual cases we may handle at HDRC.  For a complete description of HDRC’s priorities and issues, please go to our Website MAIN MENU and review our overview of Program Services and Priorities found in the ISSUES Section:

ABUSE & NEGLECT Investigations

People with disabilities have the right to receive care and treatment which is free from abuse and neglect, in the most appropriate, least restrictive integrated settings and that maximizes opportunities for self-determination, and is provided with access to due process, informed consent, confidentiality and privacy.

ACCESS BARRIERS in Community

The ADA mandates accessible communities; Title II and Title III establishes requirements for government to make programs, services, facilities that serve the public and transportation to be accessible for people with disabilities. 

CITIZENSHIP provides for those eligible the right to register and vote

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

People with disabilities maintain a choice in where they live and work, or what social programs they participate in and that needed services are provided in the most integrated community settings.

EDUCATION

Children with disabilities have the right to individualized educational programs and related services; integration into regular classrooms; transition planning for after high school and freedom from discriminatory arrest, suspension, or expulsion from school.

• “Free and Appropriate Public Education” (FAPE) for children with disabilities in public schools.

EMPLOYMENT

People with disabilities have the right to freedom from discrimination in being employed, provided reasonable accommodation in training for a job or in the workplace, the opportunity for career advancement, termination of supported or sheltered employment for placement in competitive, integrated employment at fair wages; assistance with Vocational Rehabilitation.

HOUSING

People with disabilities have the right to freedom from discrimination in obtaining and maintaining housing. Violations may include:

• Ineligibility for housing based on disability
• Zoning / NIMBY discrimination against disability
• Denial of service/ESA animal at home
• Architectural barriers, landlord/tenant modifications
• Subsidized housing/Section 8 issues
• Rental denials, Lease reviews, terminations

JUSTICE

People with disabilities have the right to be considered competent and to conduct their own affairs, unless determined by a court of law to lack such capacity. They have protection of civil rights in commitment and release proceedings and the right to humane treatment during confinement.

PROGRAMS and SERVICES

People with disabilities have the right to accessible programs and services, as well as to freedom from discrimination in obtaining and maintaining services for which they are legally qualified, such as Assistive Technology, Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, Transportation, Individual Service Plans within the DD Division, etc.

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Contact HDRC

(808) 949-2922
(800) 882-1057
Fax: (808) 949-2928
info@hawaiidisabilityrights.org

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