About

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.

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.

  • Ideas that Work: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

    The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H326T130023. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Susan Weigart.


  • Contact Us

    Mellanie Lee
    Project Director/Education Specialist
    Pacific Outreach Initiative
    Phone: (808) 753-0981
    Email: mellanie@hawaii.edu

    Jennifer Tarnay
    Program Coordinator/Speech-Language Pathologist
    Phone: (808) 753-2351
    Email: jtarnay@hawaii.edu

    Stella Chang
    Family Specialist
    Phone: (808) 222-8466
    Email: yhchang@hawaii.edu