Comprehensive Service Center for People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind (CSC)​

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Project Dates

2018 – 2021

Funding Source

State of Hawai‘i, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation


The Comprehensive Service Center (CSC) is a one-stop support and referral service funded by the Hawai‘i State Legislature and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation through a contract with the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Center on Disability Studies (CDS). We are staffed by a diverse group of people representative of the groups they serve. We provide academic classes, workshops, accessibility support, summer youth programs, and fun events that encourage the inclusion of all consumers.

Principal Investigator

Jennifer Tarnay, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Native Hawaiian with over 13 years of experience working with infants, children and young adults with communication impairments, deafness, deaf-blindness, autism spectrum disorders and severe multiple impairments as well as adults with stroke, traumatic brain injury and dementia in a clinical/hospital setting. She has worked in Hawai`i and across the Pacific Basin providing direct services, teaching classes, conducting workshops, and providing technical assistance and training. Jennifer is also a certified American Sign Language/English interpreter.


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Full profile


Rosalind Kia is a Native Hawaiian with over 20 years of experience working with families who have infants and children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. As CSC’s Project Coordinator, she is driven by a desire to create an inclusive environment, and takes pride in providing accessible services regardless of a person’s communication choice. She is a certified ASL interpreter and is currently learning contracted braille and haptics. In addition to her primary job functions, Roz has played an integral role in building the CSC to be Hawaii’s go to provider of adding accessibility for established media via captions, ASL, and (soon) audio description. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new technology and cooking.




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