Now those with communication challenges can self-advocate for their preferred communication method. Developed by Hawaii's State Disability and Communication Access Board (DCBA), the new Communication Access Card is a much quicker, convenient and comfortable way for individuals to show their preferred method of communication.
A great tool for the deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and deaf-blind to quickly inform another of one's communication needs, the card helps reduce the frustrations, awkwardness and distressing feelings experienced by those who have communication challenges. The card is ideal for everyday situations, work, travel, events and emergencies, and will truly help those who face the difficulties and obstacles from others not understanding their needs of alternate communication methods. The card is customized to help break down those barriers and allow for a more productive and understanding conversation.
The card includes the person's name and type of disability with the preferred method of communication: sign language interpreting, writing, texting, lip reading, large print, or the use of assistive listening devices. It will also include tips for people who want to improve their interaction with the card holder. Individuals who use the card may use it to reveal their preferred communication choice, but the card is not intended for any other purpose (not an official state identification card, not agency affiliated, not numbered or on record).
Communication Access Cards are available in two sizes; standard business card size (3.5 by 2 inches when folded) which easily fits in a wallet or phone pocket and a larger visor-sized card (8.5 by 5.5 inches) to keep in a vehicle’s visor or glove compartment in case of emergencies. The cards are free at various locations statewide, including the Comprehensive Service Center for People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind and Vocational Rehabilitation offices.
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