July 26, 2022

US DOJ Commemorates 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Today, the Department of Justice commemorates the thirty-second anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the preeminent civil rights law requiring equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid epidemic have exacted a steep toll on many people with disabilities and emphasize the continued urgency of ADA enforcement. The pandemic has shown the vital importance of web accessibility, as state and local governments and businesses rely increasingly on web-based operations. The department has also prioritized ensuring that state and local government employers do not use new technologies to discriminate against job applicants or employees with disabilities. And the department has enforced the ADA to safeguard the rights of people with opioid use disorder (OUD) who are in treatment or recovery. Finally, the department continues its enforcement in the areas of transit access and community integration.

To learn more about DOJ’s recent guidance, rulemaking, and enforcement action in these areas, read today’s statement on the anniversary of this historic statute: The Justice Department Commemorates the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Disability Parking Permits

Due to COVID-19 the submittal process for obtaining a Disability Parking Permit has changed. Click here, or click the tab labeled “Disability Parking Permits” to view the updated submittal process, or for more information on the new Disabled Paid Parking Exemption Permit (DPPEP).

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §291.51-7, disability parking permits that have been issued by authorities of other states and countries may be used for the purpose of parking in reserved accessible parking spaces. All parking fees will apply.


As of Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the DCAB staff has returned to the office and will resume normal business hours; Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., closed on all state holidays.

If you plan to visit the office, please observe the following protocols:

  • Masks are required upon entry into the Kamamalu Building.
  • Sign in with security in the lobby before entering our office.
  • For walk in assistance, sign in DCAB’s visitor log sheet.
  • Be seated in the office waiting area for further assistance.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival into our office. (For the safety of others, any temperature of 100.4°or higher will not be allowed to remain in the office.)
  • Social distancing of 6 feet between one another.
  • Visitor Protocols are subject to change as we monitor the COVID Pandemic.




Plan of Action FY 2022-2023 – (posted 9/2/2022)
Guidance on the Provision of Auxiliary Aids/Services of Accommodations Due to a Disability at Public Meetings of Events – (posted 9/1/2022)
Job Announcement: Communication Access Specialist – (posted 8/18/2022)

Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Annual Accomplishments 2020-2021 – PDFWord (posted 5/5/2022)
HRS 103-50 Report of Activities 2020-2021 – (posted 1/14/2022)                                                  DCAB Annual Report FY 2020-2021 – PDFPDF Text Only (posted 1/12/22)                              Plan of Action 2021-2022 – (posted 9/17/2021)
Plan of Action 2020-2021 – (posted 9/17/2021)
Hawaii State Legislature Measures 2021 – (posted 6/9/2021)
Aging and Disability Issues 2020 – PDF • Word (posted 6/3/2020)
VRI Guidelines: These guidelines were created by the National Association of the Deaf and Deaf Seniors of America to assist healthcare providers in operating Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). – (posted 3/31/2020)
DCAB Legislative Position Statements 2020 – (posted 2/11/2020)
Assistance Animal Flyer – (posted 12/31/2019)
How to Obtain Communication Access Services or Providers – (updated 11/4/2019)
Service Animal Flyer – (posted 10/18/2019)
Service Animal Card – (posted 10/18/2019)
DCAB Guiding Principles on the Mobility and Safety of Pedestrians with Disabilities – (posted 9/23/2019)
DCAB Guiding Principles on Public Transit Fixed Route Bus and Paratransit Services – (posted 9/23/2019)
Parking Program for Persons With Disabilities Annual Accomplishments 2018-2019 – (posted 9/9/2019)
Parking for Persons with Disabilities Program History (posted 9/9/2019)
DCAB Plan of Action FY 2019-2020 PDFWord Version (posted 8/27/2019)
Movie Captioning in Theaters in Hawaii: Legislative History – (posted 7/8/2019)
DCAB HRS Updates – (posted 7/8/2019)

The Communication Access Unit at DCAB now has a Facebook page. Check out their page at:
Press Release-DCAB Facility Access Plan Submission and Review System – (posted 4/2/2019)
DCAB Facility Access Plan Submission and Review System – (posted 4/1/2019)
DCAB Background and Statutory Basis – (posted 4/1/2019)
Policy Guidance on the Provision of Auxiliary Aids/Services or Accommodations due to Disability at Public Meetings or Events – (posted 11/28/2018)
Information for visitors traveling to Hawaii, please visit: Hawaii Tourism Authority website – (posted 11/16/2018)
Communication Access Card Information – (posted 9/10/2018)


David Ige
Governor of Hawaii

Violet Horvath
Chairperson, DCAB

Kirby Shaw
Executive Director, DCAB