goal of this program is:
- To provide housing, education, training, and employment
to persons with developmental disabilities/mental retardation.
- To promote and develop the general welfare and quality
of life for participants.
Located on the central plains of Oahu, the panoramic mountain
view of the Waianae range and the rolling fields of pineapple
provide the setting for Opportunities for the Retarded,
Inc. (ORI). The ORI complex, completed in June of 1984,
sits on 5 acres of fertile land and is a well-designed facility
with a blend of plantation and modern architecture.
was founded in 1980 by current President and Chief Executive
Officer Susanna F. Cheung and a group of parents and interested
persons. The Board of Directors are composed of parents,
business persons, and special educators. Opportunities for
the Retarded, Inc., as its name suggests, provides not only
the opportunities, but also the means by which the target
population, adults with mental retardation /developmental
disabilities, can become productive, contributing members
of our communities.
The six (6) interlocking work centers of Helemano Plantation
provide the work and training sites for eligible participants.
This makes for a very unique training environment, which
is unlike traditional programs. The client-trainee works
with the regular non-handicapped work force of Helemano
Plantation and has the advantage of being mainstreamed in
a regular work setting.
The Day Program division of ORI consists of three training
1. Day Activity and Behavior Management Program
program providesongoing training to develop and/or maintain
personal self-sufficiency skills and pre-work/pre-vocational
skills that will enable the individual client-trainee to
be more functional at home, at work, and in the community.
Behavior management techniques are implemented in individualized
programs for those client-trainees with difficult to manage
This component has two levels, which provide training and
activities in increasing and developing work skills and
work attitudes beyond the Day Activity level. Training focuses
on preparing the client-trainee for either sheltered employment,
supported employment, or competitive employment.
a) The classroom setting develops vocational skills
in the retail and food service area and janitorial/custodial
areas. Training is accomplished via role-playing, modeling,
and reinforcement techniques.
b) The practicum level provides training and work activities
to those who have successfully completed the classroom
program. All services and activities in the practicum
are implemented in a "real work setting" - Helemano
Plantation's restaurant, bakeshop, gift shop, floriculture/agricultural
farm, and other retail shops. Training in basic skills
and computer/data processing is also provided.
This program activity provides work integration and job
placement in a community setting with permanent follow-along/support
to ensure the retention of such a job/placement. A job coach/employment
specialist provides both vocational and social support to
the participant. Work activities in the supported employment
area include food service, retail and sales, custodial and
mess attendant work.
Work and training activities are remunerative in nature.
Each trainee receives monetary incentives based on his/her
clients exhibiting appropriate work behaviors, work attitudes,
and the ability to produce/work are designated as Special
Workers. As a Special Worker, the client is able to work
as an employee of Helemano Plantation in one of the six
work centers. Or, if the worker has skills that make him/her
eligible for outside/competitive employment, he/she can
choose to work in one of the work sites on a military base
or other sites providing services such as mess attendant,
janitorial/custodial, and other service occupations. Special
workers are paid commensurate wages, i.e. wages based on
the individual's ability to work and the minimum or prevailing
Special workers are provided the opportunities to participate
in real work activities and to earn decent wages based on
his/her productivity. But more importantly, these individuals
are given the opportunity to become self-sufficient.
In addition to vocational and work activities, Basic Adult
Education classes are provided to each client-trainee on
a daily basis.
In these classes, the client learns about academic functional
skills in the community that will enable him/her to be more
independent in the work and community setting. Computer
technology is also incorporated in the training of these
ORI's programs are dedicated to developing each individual's
potential to its fullest. The participant comes to ORI with
abilities, not disabilities, and through determination and
dedication, the individual is provided encouragement that
enhances positive growth and development.
H&CBS Waiver - Home & Community Based Services
H&CBS Waiver program is a comprehensive day program,
which provides individualized training for adults with developmental
disabilities and mental retardation. The experienced case
management team works with the clients, the client's family,
and a team of professionals to develop an individualized
training plan. The program includes Adult Day Health, Habilitation
training, Respite Services, Lunch and Transportation by
ICF/MR - Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally
ORI's ICF-MR facilities provide an intensive 24-hour active
treatment program individually designed for adults with
mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. The
facilities provide health, social and rehabilitative services
to increase independence and promote positive self-esteem.
An interdisciplinary team of professionals and case management
team combine resources and expertise to provide for the
client's unique needs.
Each ICF/MR housing unit is assigned a primary caregiver
who resides with the clients. The caregivers are warm, caring,
and familiar with each clients' strengths and needs. The
caregivers providconsistency and estability in care and
*Associate Program Director
*Behavior Management Instructors
*Behavior Management Aides
*Job Coach Aides
Program Eligibility and Admission Procedure
1. Program Eligibility Criteria;
a) Verification of developmental disability / mental
b) 18 years of age or older
c) Physically able to take care of personal needs, i.e.
toilets independently and is independently mobile.
2. Call or write the office for an application form.
3. Complete the application form in its entirety. Submit
a) Medical and dental histories
b) Reports from past and present schools, programs, and
service agencies which detail
psychological, educational, social, and pre-vocational/vocational
data and evaluations.
c) A current medical and dental exam and a tuberculosis
clearance is required upon
acceptance into program.
d) Verification of mental retardation (can either be primary
or secondary disability)
4. Selection for admission into program is
based on the following:
a) Agency's criteria (see 1. Program Eligibility
b) Funding availability and number of openings available
c) Decision by Agency Admission committee
d) If there are no vacant slots in a state contracted program,
the applicant has the following options
1. The applicant is placed on a waiting list.
2. The applicant can be accepted and can pay the fee for
services at the existing state reimbursement amount.
Continuation in program is contingent on a 1-3 month probation/evaluation
period during which time the client is observed for appropriateness
Vocational Training Program - ORI-Anuenue Hale, Inc.
The ORI Anuenue Hale Vocational Training project offers
pre-employment counseling, work experience and training,
competitive wages, and personal growth classes to persons
and families with low-income as well as disadvantaged individuals
such as the developmentally disabled, elderly, refugees/immigrants,
ORI Anuenue Hale, Inc. has a caring and dedicated staff
who understand its participants' unique and individual needs.
The staff recognizes the strengths and abilities of each
participant and focuses the training and day program services
to enhance these abilities and improve their quality of
able to receive hands-on training in the following areas:
* Food Service / Mess Attendant
* Custodial / Janitorial
* Retail / Sales
* Receptionist / Office Skills
* Caregiving / Direct Care Service to Individuals with