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Disability with Mālama

Disability with Mālama

By Aloha Independent Living Hawaii
Aloha Independent Living Hawaii presents Disability with Mālama, a new podcast channel that discusses the disability community. From local issues in the State of Hawaii to current policies throughout the United States, we help to give the term disability a face in the world.
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Episode 12: Discussion with Dara and Hannah on Accessibility in TV & Film
Dara and Hannah had the amazing opportunity to be extras on the set of NCIS: Hawai'i. Hear how their experience went and why accessibility in the TV & film industry is so important.
June 17, 2022
Episode 11: Discussion on Transportation with Bea
Leelynn and Roxanne discuss AILH's Transportation Program on the Big Island with Bea Sextimo. Learn more about why AILH's Transportation Program is so vital to the disability community on the Big Island and hear some success stories from our amazing van driver Bea.
May 20, 2022
Episode 10: Discussion with Best Buddies in Hawaii
Leelynn and Roxanne have a discussion with Best Buddies in Hawaii! We get to hear from Executive Director Karen Glasser, as well as Sophia and Malia who are participants of the School Friendship Program. Learn more about the benefits of Best Buddies Hawaii, and hear from our program participants on how Best Buddies works. Best Buddies Hawaii is also having a Friendship Walk in May! Here's the link for more details:
April 15, 2022
Episode 9: Mid-Season Recap
Leelynn and Roxanne reflect on the beginnings of Disability with Mālama, and where they see it going in the future. Look back on the past guests and discussions we've had over the past 8 episodes, and share your comments on what you would like to hear next.
March 18, 2022
Episode 8: Interview with Pacific Disabilities Center Executive Director Dr. Violet Horvath on Traumatic Brain Injuries and Domestic Violence
**Trigger Warning: Discussion on domestic violence occurs in this episode.** Leelynn and Roxanne discuss the impacts of brain injuries on domestic violence victims with Dr. Violet Horvath, Executive Director of Pacific Disabilities Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A Burns School of Medicine. You can reach out to Dr. Horvath to receive more information or request a seminar from her at Other resources in Hawaii that specialize in TBI: Neurotrauma Program - Hawaii State Department of Health State Traumatic Brain Injury Association Advisory Board Neurotrauma Advisory Board Brain Injury Association of Hawaii Kona Brain Injury Support Group Think Big! Hawaii Disability Rights Center
February 18, 2022
Episode 7: Interview with AILH Board Member Susan Luehrs on Hawaii Fi-Do
Leelynn and Roxanne interview AILH Board Director Susan Luehrs on her organization Hawaii Fi-Do! Hawaii Fi-Do's Healing Dogs enhance quality of life, increase independence, and offer therapeutic healing to our island community. Learn more about this amazing organization here.
January 21, 2022
Episode 6: Discussion on Traveling During COVID-19
Our first panel discussion includes Executive Director Roxanne Bolden and East Hawaii IL Specialist Karin Riedel as they talk about their recent experiences traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
December 17, 2021
Episode 5: Interview with Empowerment Director Tammy Evrard on Self-Advocacy
Roxanne and Leelynn interview Tammy Evrard, Empowerment Director and Founder of Tammy Evrard Consulting. Tammy utilizes her skills to empower individuals, families, and agencies to strengthen their advocacy efforts. Listen to their discussion on the importance of self-advocacy and why "Nothing About Us, Without Us" is crucial in the fight for continued disability rights. Learn more about Tammy Evrard Consulting, advocating, and her weekly TEC Empowerment Calls on
November 19, 2021
Episode 4: Interview with LDAH Executive Director Rosie Rowe on Hawaii's Education Laws
Leelynn and Roxanne interview Rosie Rowe, Executive Director of Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawaii (LDAH), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance educational, work and life opportunities for children and youth with or at risk of disabilities by empowering them and their families through screening, identification, information, training and mentoring, and by public outreach and advocacy. Listen to their discussion on Hawaii's Education Laws and what that means for the families of children with disabilities in the State of Hawaii. Learn more about LDAH on their website:
October 15, 2021
Episode 3: Interview with AILH Board Member Scott Suzuki on Legal Guardianship
Join Leelynn and Roxanne as they interview one of AILH's Founding and Current Board Members Scott Suzuki. Mr. Suzuki is an attorney that specializes in Legal Guardianship and explains more of what that means, when parents need to start thinking about it, and why it's important for parents with disabled children. You can find out more about Scott Suzuki on his website:
September 17, 2021
Episode 2: Interview with SPIRIT Club Founder Jared Ciner
Leelynn and Roxanne interview the founder of SPIRIT Club, Jared Ciner. SPIRIT Club is one of AILH's partners in providing our consumers with fun and engaging physical activity. Learn more about our partner and how we've worked together during the pandemic to get our consumers active.
August 20, 2021
Episode 1: Interview with AILH Executive Director
It only makes sense to let you get to know who we are, so here it is! Learn more about Aloha Independent Living Hawaii from our very own Executive Director, Roxanne Bolden.
July 16, 2021
Aloha to Disability with Malama
Welcome to Disability with Malama, a brand-new podcast hosted by AILH where we discuss all things disability throughout the State of Hawaii.
June 13, 2021