Communication Access

NEW from Communication Access

How to Obtain Communication Access Services or Providers – (updated 11/4/2019)
Movie Captioning in Theaters in Hawaii: Legislative History – (posted 7/8/2019)
Proposed Amendment and Compilation of Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 11, Chapter 218 “Communication Access Services for Persons Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind” – (posted 7/1/2019)
Notice of Public Hearing: Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 11 Chapter 218 – (posted 7/2/2019)
Summary of Revisions to the Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 218) – posted  6/19/2018)
Communication Access Card Information – (posted 9/10/2018)
Summary of Revisions to the Hawaii Administrative Rules – (posted 6/19/2018)

The Communication Access Unit now has a Facebook page. Check us out at:

Communication Access Providers

Please click on  Sign Language Interpreters for the current list. This list is updated monthly.

Should you have questions about the list, please contact our office by phone (808) 586-8121 (V), (808) 586-8162 (TTY) or email, [email protected]

Communication Access Admin Rules Update
(posted 8/8/2019)

HB 1009 Open Captioning Bill Update
(posted 6/25/2019)



DCAB Sponsored Workshops

Interpreter CEU Workshop Request for Funding Application Form – The deadline to submit the CEU Workshop Request for Funding Application Form has passed. Please check again at a later date to submit an application form.

Hawaii Administrative Rules

Communication Access, Title 11, Chapter 218 (Accessible Version)
Communication Access, Title 11, Chapter 218 (PDF Version)

Hawaii Quality Assurance System (HQAS)

HQAS Application

HQAS Test: The test will be offered upon request. Please contact Colin Whited, Communication Access Specialist via email at [email protected] or by calling (808) 829-3641 for more information.

Continuing Education Program (CEP)
The Disability and Communication Access Board announces a new online system for sign language interpreters enrolled in the HQAS CEP. The new system is designed to reduce paper consumption and errors by automatically calculating CEU totals. To learn more about the HQAS CEP, please visit the website at

NOTE TO HQAS INTERPRETERS: To participate in the CEU program, you must first sign up online and submit the program fee by mail to DCAB by check or money order. Credit card payments and cash are not acceptable. After confirmation of your online application and fee, CEUs must be earned and submitted within your two-year renewal period. CEUs earned prior to confirmation will not be counted.


Open Captioning

Movie Captioning in Theaters in Hawaii: Legislative History – (posted 7/8/2019)

In coordination with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, DCAB prepared a draft bill for inclusion in the Governor’s Administrative package to restore the open movie captioning law to its original intention of two showings per week with no sunset date. Three major changes made are: 1) eliminating the sunset date of January 1, 2020 in the existing law; 2) increasing the number of open captioned (OC) showings to 2 per week; 3) removing language allowing “lightweight eyewear” as a substitute for OC showings. On January 24, 2018, the bill was introduced in the current legislative session as part of the Governor’s Administrative Package.

To learn more about the bill and how you can participate in the process, view the video produced by DCAB and the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies – Comprehensive Service Center. If you have any questions, contact DCAB at (808) 829-3641.

Open Captioning DCAB VLOG:

ADA rights for American Sign Language

DCAB proudly presents a series of American Sign Language (ASL) videos about the ADA Title III Effective Communication.

Audio Description for ADA Effective Communication, Title III:

ADA Effective Communication, Title III (ASL):

Understanding the ADA, Title III (ASL):

Understanding the ADA, Title II (ASL):

Communication Access Fact Sheets

How To Caption Your Videos or Live Shows (as of 8/25/15)

Access to HealthCare: Your Right to a Sign Language Interpreter

Guidance for HealthCare Providers in Ensuring Effective Communication

Communication Access Provisions Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for State & Local Agencies

Communication Access Provisions Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act for Public Accommodations

Communication Access Provisions for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)

DCAB Request For Speaking Engagement Form

For more information

Colin Whited
Communication Access Specialist
(808) 829-3641
[email protected]

Kamaile Hopfe
Program Support Technician
(808) 586-8121
[email protected]