Full Life Celebrates 20 Years of inclusion: “Renaissance of Inclusion” Video Project

Full Life Hawai’i: Individualized and Island-wide; Celebrating 20 Years, in 2020!

Full Life believes that every person, regardless of ability, deserves to lead a happy, fulfilled and self-determined life based on their own individual strengths, preferences and dreams.

At Full Life Hawai’i, we are inspired by the people we support, and we want to share that with you the only way we know how: Through the empowered voices and passionate creativity of the people we support!

Renaissance of Inclusion Video Project is a vision of Mar Ortaleza, Full Life Director of Programs, and organizer of Abled Hawai’i Artists(AHA). As a Direct Support Worker, Mar assisted an aspiring nature photographer refine his passion and gift of taking underwater pictures into a micro-enterprise. This collaboration inspired Mar to establish an annual art festival for artists of diverse abilities to celebrate their creative expression, and provide them with opportunities to explore entrepreneurship in the arts! In 2008, Abled Hawai’i Artists(AHA) was established in 2008; an inclusive celebration of abilities and promotion of entrepreneurship in the arts! Annually occurring on the third Saturday of July, AHA is the largest celebration of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the Hawaiian Islands.

The many successes and life challenges of artists with nuanced abilities fascinated Mar, who is inspired to share their stories. Through the Renaissance of Inclusion Project, Mar and our participants collaborated with a local team of music composers, filmmakers, along with co-advocates, allies and natural supports to bring out the ideas, personal messages and life narrative of people with disabilities! The results are short video clips that share a glimpse of people who are passionate about their lives on Hawai’i Island.

Don’t Give Up” is the first clip of our Renaissance of Inclusion video project, featuring Louie Perry, III, who was our first employment Services Program participant in 2011. Louie is the inspiration that established Abled Hawai’i Artists. In 2011, Louie also represented USA in World Special Olympics at Athens, Greece, taking home three individual gold medals and a silver in relay in cross country!  Since then, he has been a volunteer coach for Keau’au and Kamehameha boys cross country teams. Louie lives a full life continuing to run, and pursuing his nature photography microenterprise!

Full Life’s collaboration with Abled Hawai’i Artists (AHA808) and a variety of community organizations that believe communities are stronger when we empower all our members, whatever their abilities is: #renaissanceofinclusion

To support Full Life and the #renaissanceofinclusion, or for more information, please contact: Mar@ fulllifehawaii.org or ahaarts808@gmail.com

#fullifehi #ahaarts808 #renaissanceofinclusion

In September, support Full Life to continue another 20 years of “Renaissance of Inclusion” , by making a donation with the cashier at any Foodland, Sack N Save and Malama Markets across Hawai’i!

 

 

Renaissance of Inclusion Continues- Full Life Artists Celebrate Diverse Abilities and Explore Entrepreneurship in the Arts!

Full Life sponsors Abled Hawai’i Artists 12th Annual Art Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza 10am-3pm.

Join us for the largest celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Hawai’i!  Abled Hawai’i Artists (#AHA2019) celebrate diverse abilities and promote employment in the arts!  Our Full Life artist from all over Hawai’i Island will be sharing their passion and selling their unique arts and crafts.  For more information, contact AHA organizer Mar Ortaleza at ahaarts808@gmail.com. #fullifehi #ahaarts808 #renaissanceofinclusion

Check out the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2346025189020105/

And there’s a flashmob:  <dancing human emoji>

https://www.facebook.com/events/292950674973660/

 

 

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FABMOB ALERT: Participant/DSP Duo Performing Artists Organize Flashmob to Celebrate Diverse Abilities in the Arts!

Full Life sponsors Abled Hawai’i Artists 12th Annual Art Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza 10am-3pm.

Join us for the largest celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Hawai’i!  Abled Hawai’i Artists (#AHA2019) celebrate diverse abilities and promotes employment in the arts!  Our Full Life artists from all over Hawai’i Island will be sharing their passion and selling unique arts and crafts.

Full Life participant/Direct Support Profession duo of Daylan and Vince choreographed this year’s #ahafabmob to Salt and Peppah’s “Push It”.  Want to learn the flahmob

Flashmob tutorials:     <dancing human emoji>

For more information, contact AHA organizer Mar Ortaleza at ahaarts808@gmail.com. #fullifehi #ahaarts808 #renaissanceofinclusion

Check out the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/292950674973660/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2346025189020105/

Make it a Full Life!

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Renaissance of Inclusion: Full Life Summer Shines with Sensational Events!

Aloha Full Life ‘Ohana!

Summer is here and is packed with so many Full Life events, we thought you’d want to know:
  • Saturday, June 29th – Celebrate the renaissance of inclusion with Full Life marching in a collaboration of groups at the Hilo Gay Pride Parade- “50 & Fierce” celebration of the Stonewall Riots, which started the GLBTQ civil rights movement! Full Life will be marching with Abled Hawai’i Artists, Hawai’i Island Like Hike Ohana and led by #puppets4peace – this is how a #renaissanceofinclusion looks like!
  • Every Saturday– The Monday Dance Party Full Life social group, where you learn and share dance moves in a party atmosphere, that leads to a flashmob dance performed at the Abled Hawai’i Artists 12th Annual Art Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2018 at Prince Kuhio Plaza, 10am-3pm.
  • Saturday, July 20th– The fiscal and main sponsor of this meaningful community building annual event, Abled Hawai’i Artists (AHA) 12th Annual Art Festival is the largest celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the state! AHA celebrates diverse abilities and promotes entrepreneurship in the arts!
Should you have any questions, contact our office at (808)  935-7699.
Make it a Full Life!

 

GIVE ALOHA: Foodland September Donation Drive

During September, make a donation to Full Life at any Sack N Save, Foodland, or Malama Market checkout, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization too!

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Our code is: 78956

How to Donate:

1) Shop at Sack N Save or Foodland.

2) Show your Maika‘i card to the cashier at checkout.

3) tell the cashier our code (78956) and the amount of your donation (up to $249)

4) Review your receipt to confirm the following appears:

  • Our organizations name: Full Life
  • Your donation amount
  • Your Maika‘i number

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities on the Big Island!

Aloha,

Full Life ‘Ohana

 

Full Life Hawai’i seeks Program Coordinator- East Hawai’i Island

Program Coordinator -Developmental Disabilities (East Hawaii)

Full Life is seeking one Full Time Program Coordinator/Service Supervisor responsible for supervision of Direct Support Workers who work one-on-one with individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes, communities and workplaces. The Program Coordinator ensures that service delivery meets standards of quality and all internal and external regulations.

 

Primary responsibilities are:

1. Assuring that Direct Support Workers have the skills and tools to provide personal assistance that helps each individual we support reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

2. Writing individual plans per Full Life policy, entering monthly supervision visit notes into a data base.

3. Creating data collection templates based on the individual plan.

4. Attending and participating in annual goal setting meetings for each person on your case load.

5. Reviewing time sheets, data collection and associated costs requests from Direct Support Workers twice a month to assure compliance with state regulations and Full Life policy.

6. Understanding and adhering to state regulations, high quality standards and Full Life policies.

7. Maintaining and building relationships with clients, Direct Support Workers, families and community stakeholders.  8. Supervision of staff, scheduling, hiring, coordinating schedules

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Must have knowledge about developmental disabilities and/or be willing and able to gain that knowledge through experience, training and research.

2. Must have excellent computer knowledge and ability, and knowledge of MS Word and Outlook.

3. Must have effective verbal and written communication skills, including grammar and spelling proficiency.

4. Must have strong organizational and teamwork skills.

5. Must be able to give and receive information, prepare written materials, and create and carry out action plans.

6. Must be able to multi-task effectively

7. Must be able to meet deadlines under pressure

8. Must be able to represent Full Life in a professional manner

 

Other Requirements of this position:

1. Current Two Step TB clearance.

2. Current CPR and First Aid Certification.

3. Current Driver’s License with valid automobile insurance and reliable personal transportation (mileage reimbursement).

4. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school in a related field or a BA in a non-related field with at least one year of related DD experience.

 

Upon hire you will be required to pass a background check required by State Contract

 

Days/Hours of Work:  This position is essentially a Monday through Friday daytime position 40 hours a week.  However, to effectively supervise the Direct Service Workers some hours after 5:00 and weekend hours will be necessary in order to do on-site visits when the DSW is working.  This position also requires being On-call for after hours/weekend emergencies.

 

Communication Demands:  This position requires oral and written communication with supervisor, employees, co-workers, families, participants, and government agencies. Must have the ability to accept and give constructive criticism. Must keep communication open and clear between all parties (supervisor, participant, family, government agency, DSW).

 

Please email a cover letter and resume to admindir@fulllifehawaii.org with the subject line PROGRAM COORDINATOR HILO.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Full Life Sponsors Hawai’i Island Emergency Preparedness Training- Waimea Health Center

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Self-Advocacy Advisory Council (SAAC) Presents:

Feeling Safe, Being Safe (FSBS) Emergency Preparedness Training

Sponsored by:

Full Life Hawai’i

 

WHAT:  SAAC is providing emergency preparedness training to individuals with developmental disabilities.

WHY:  SAAC is using tools that were made by people with disabilities. We want people to take charge and be safe and prepared for an emergency.

HOW:  Each participant will complete a Feeling Safe, Being Safe worksheet and magnet. They will also learn how to put an emergency kit together.

 

WHEN:  Waimea Friday, October 5, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm

               some snacks & beverages provided

WHERE: Waimea Health Center (building behind the courthouse)

               67-5189 Kamamalu Street Kamuela, HI 96743

RSVP REQUIRED, BY:   Wednesday, October 3, 2018

mar@fulllifehawaii.org   (808) 935-7699

Those requiring accommodations must submit their request by Monday, September 24, 2018.  For social media, below is the event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1857098824370544/

Aloha,

Full Life ‘Ohana

 

 

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Full Life Hawai’i seeks Employment Service Coordinator- East Hawai’i Island

Employment Service Coordinator – Disabilities (Hilo) 

 

Full Life is seeking an Employment Specialists to join our dynamic team at a flourishing non-profit organization on Hawaii Island. Part-time with potential for Full-time. The employment specialist will train and supervise staff and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the following activities:

1) on-going job coaching services to include on-the-job work skills training and systematic instruction required to perform the job;
2) person-centered employment planning;
3) job development, carving, or customization;
4) negotiations with prospective employers;
5) assistance for self-employment including identifying potential business opportunities and developing a business plan;
6) worksite visits as needed by the individual or employer to assess for new needs and to proactively support the participant to address issues that arise;
7) ongoing evaluation of the individual’s job performance;
8) individualized problem-solving/advising with the participant about issues that could affect maintaining employment;
9) training in skills to communicate disability-related work support and accommodation needs;
10) assessing the need for basic job aids, facilitating referral through the participant’s DOH-DDD case manager for assistive technology assessment and acquisition of assistive technology from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation;
11) facilitating referral through the DOH-DDD case manager to a Discovery & Career Planning provider for financial literacy, money management and budgeting;
12) providing information and training (benefits counseling)
13) training in arranging and using transportation, such as fixed route public transportation or paratransit services to get to and from the participant’s place of employment;
14) career advancement services.

EDUCATION & WORK REQUIREMENTS: Certification in rehabilitation counseling OR a Bachelor’s Degree in any field and two (1) year of experience assisting job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities in acquiring competitive integrated employment. Two (2) years of supervisory experience preferred.

EMPLOYMENT CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicable background checks; HI State criminal check, TB clearance, CAN clearance, cpr & first aid, verification of education, driver’s license and insurance cards.

Part-Time benefits include mileage reimbursement

Please email a cover letter and resume to mar@fulllifehawaii.org with the subject line EMPLOYMENT SERVICE COORDINATOR.

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Full Life Hawai’i seeks Program Coordinator- West Hawai’i Island

Program Coordinator -Developmental Disabilities (Kona and West Hawaii)

Full Life is seeking one Full Time Program Coordinator/Service Supervisor responsible for supervision of Direct Support Workers who work one-on-one with individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes, communities and workplaces. The Program Coordinator ensures that service delivery meets standards of quality and all internal and external regulations.

Primary responsibilities are:

1. Assuring that Direct Support Workers have the skills and tools to provide personal assistance that helps each individual we support reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

2. Writing individual plans per Full Life policy, entering monthly supervision visit notes into a data base.

3. Creating data collection templates based on the individual plan.

4. Attending and participating in annual goal setting meetings for each person on your case load.

5. Reviewing time sheets, data collection and associated costs requests from Direct Support Workers twice a month to assure compliance with state regulations and Full Life policy.

6. Understanding and adhering to state regulations, high quality standards and Full Life policies.

7. Maintaining and building relationships with clients, Direct Support Workers, families and community stakeholders.  8. Supervision of staff, scheduling, hiring, coordinating schedules

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Must have knowledge about developmental disabilities and/or be willing and able to gain that knowledge through experience, training and research.

2. Must have excellent computer knowledge and ability, and knowledge of MS Word and Outlook.

3. Must have effective verbal and written communication skills, including grammar and spelling proficiency.

4. Must have strong organizational and teamwork skills.

5. Must be able to give and receive information, prepare written materials, and create and carry out action plans.

6. Must be able to multi-task effectively

7. Must be able to meet deadlines under pressure

8. Must be able to represent Full Life in a professional manner

 

Other Requirements of this position:

1. Current Two Step TB clearance.

2. Current CPR and First Aid Certification.

3. Current Driver’s License with valid automobile insurance and reliable personal transportation (mileage reimbursement).

4. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school in a related field or a BA in a non-related field with at least one year of related DD experience.

 

Upon hire you will be required to pass a background check required by State Contract

 

Days/Hours of Work:  This position is essentially a Monday through Friday daytime position 40 hours a week.  However, to effectively supervise the Direct Service Workers some hours after 5:00 and weekend hours will be necessary in order to do on-site visits when the DSW is working.  This position also requires being On-call for after hours/weekend emergencies.

 

Communication Demands:  This position requires oral and written communication with supervisor, employees, co-workers, families, participants, and government agencies. Must have the ability to accept and give constructive criticism. Must keep communication open and clear between all parties (supervisor, participant, family, government agency, DSW).

 

Please email a cover letter and resume to mailto:emily@fulllifehawaii.org with the subject line PROGRAM COORDINATOR KONA.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Full Life Sponsors Hawai’i Island Emergency Preparedness Training

Self-Advocacy Advisory Council (SAAC) Presents:

Feeling Safe, Being Safe (FSBS) Emergency Preparedness Training

Sponsored by:

Full Life Hawai’i

 

WHAT:  SAAC is providing emergency preparedness training to individuals with developmental disabilities.

WHY:  SAAC is using tools that were made by people with disabilities. We want people to take charge and be safe and prepared for an emergency.

HOW:  Each participant will complete a Feeling Safe, Being Safe worksheet and magnet. They will also learn how to puT an emergency kit together.

 

WHEN:  HILO Friday, June 1, 2018 10:30am-1:30pm  some snacks & beverages provided

WHERE:  Hawai’i Innovation Center at Hilo 117 Keawe St.

RSVP REQUIRED, BY:   Wednesday, May 30, 2018    mar@fulllifehawaii.org   (808) 935-7699

 

WHEN:  KONA Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:30am-1:30pm  some snacks & beverages provided

RSVP REQUIRED, BY: Monday, June 4, 2018  mar@fulllifehawaii.org   (808) 322-9333

WHERE:  Old Kona Airport Pavilion (end of Kuakini Hwy)

 

Those requiring accommodations must submit their request by Monday, May 28, 2018.  For social media, below are the event pages:

  1. Hilo-      https://www.facebook.com/events/184919348896368/
  2. Kona-    https://www.facebook.com/events/294842814386836/

Aloha,

Full Life ‘Ohana

 

 

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