Among the health professions, occupational therapists are poised to be highly impactful allies for families, workers and employers. They are trained to help people achieve the highest potential possible by playing to their unique strengths as they relate to specific environments and desired activities. Occupational therapy is the newest and fastest-growing department at Manakai o Malama. A heightened level of awareness both in the workplace and among other health professionals will bear much fruit for all parties as it enhances health outcomes, quality of life, productivity and job satisfaction.
OTs are trained to "assist clients (people, organizations, and populations) to engage in everyday activities or occupations that they want and need to do in a manner that supports health and participation," according to the American Occupational Therapy Association.
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QUESTION: What enforcement authority does the Hawaii Disability Rights Center have?
ANSWER: Our core function is to monitor the facilities that exist for people with disabilities and the treatment provided to individuals with disabilities. We have advocates who routinely go to the Hawaii State Hospital and monitor the facility. We don’t have to announce that we are coming. We go there, and our advocates look around to make sure that no one is being mistreated.
That Florida woman's canceled Blue Cross policy? It's junk insurance.
She can get a real plan for only $165 a month
By now you’ve probably heard horror stories about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, has forced so many people to lose their insurance policies. You’ve heard that affordable health insurance policies are being canceled and replaced with policies that are far more expensive than the canceled policies. But have you heard that across the country, insurance regulators are cracking down on the private insurance companies, because of the scam they are running on their customers? Probably not.
In 1987, several years after moving to New York, Marla Hirokawa saw a need for a serious ballet school in south Brooklyn and opened Covenant Dance Studio. When faced with giving her students a performance opportunity, she dismissed the idea of the typical recital and formed Covenant Dance Theatre, her dance company, in 1989. Through the company, she created dances that allowed her students to perform alongside professional dancers. Since that first performance, Hirokawa has choreographed ten original dance dramas and many other shorter works—a couple that have been recognized by the New Choreographer’s On Point Ballet Builders Showcase and Choreography Workshop in NYC.
In 1997, Hirokawa left her position as Teaching Artist with the New York City Ballet Education Department to develop and manage her own arts-in-education (AIE) programs. The historic ballets she conceived and which her company performed tied in beautifully with school social studies curriculum.
In 2001, Hirokawa conceived her ballet NISEI , a dance tribute to WWII Japanese American Veterans—a work produced in memory of her father, Lawrence Hirokawa, a 100th Battalion WWII soldier. Soon after, Hirokawa and her sister, Laurie Hamano founded the Nisei Project 2003 . The project brought the Company to Hirokawa’s home state of Hawai’i and over a period of 3 weeks performed her NISEI ballet on O’ahu, Kaua’i, Big Island and Maui.
In 2007, Covenant Dance Studio celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala performance and dinner produced by Covenant Dance Theatre. Alumni and former company dancers were invited to perform in the Gala performance which included excerpts from company repertory from the last 10 years. The event was commemorated by Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz in an official document proclaiming June 15th as Covenant Dance Studio 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.
It is from this fertile history that Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Inc. is born. In 2007, the time had come to replant Hirokawa’s company and school into a new “field” where this community based professional dance school and company could be nurtured to reach their full potential by a dedicated board of directors. As a non-profit arts corporation, CBT will carry on the mission to provide Brooklynites with a quality, professional dance company and school. CBT Dance Academy will continue to inspire and train young people in the beautiful art of classical ballet and contemporary dance, and provide scholarships to those deserving students. The new company will continue to provide performance opportunities to talented dancers and students, and expand its outreach to the Brooklyn community through quality performances and educational programs.
photos: Robert Ciago