Center on Disability Studies

Disability and Diversity Studies Faculty

Thomas Conway, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Thomas H. Conway is the Training and Instruction Coordinator at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Dr. Conway is Co-PI of the Unidescription Project, funded by the National Park Service and Google, developing mobile technology to audio describe multimedia for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. He also served as the Project Director for EmployAble: A World Without Barriers, a virtual employment center for people with disabilities funded by the Kessler Foundation. With a background in design and media production, Dr. Conway is interested in accessible educational technology. He received his doctorate in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii in 2017. Dr. Conway developed a set of virtual tools in Second Life aimed at increasing postsecondary faculty and student awareness about access to technology for persons with disabilities.

Lauren Lum Ho, MSW, MEd

Lauren Lum Ho is an Assistant Specialist at the Center on Disabilities Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and a Master’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Education Learning Design & Technology (LTEC) program. Her research interests include accessible technology and instructional design.

Raphael Raphael, Ph.D.

Raphael Raphael is a film and media scholar whose work frequently looks at making connections between film and disability studies. His most recent book, Transnational Horror Cinema: Bodies of Excess and the Global Grotesque(link is external) (2017), with Sophia Siddique, looks at the intersections of the horror genre, disability and trauma across borders. Other writing includes Transnational Stardom: International Celebrity in Film and Popular Culture (2013) with Russell Meeuf and contributions to the Encyclopedia of American Disability History and writing on film and disability studies pedagogy in Modern Language Association’s Teaching Film (2012). He currently serves as Associate Editor of Creative Works and Multimedia for the Review of Disability Studies. His scholarship is also informed by his own practice as transmedia artist. He is currently producing a filmed adaptation of Robin Wilde Hansen’s novel The World (2014), a work exploring mental illness. Dr. Raphael tweets on issues in film and technology @raphaelspeak.

Kiriko Takahashi, Ph.D.

Kiriko Takahashi is an Associate Specialist at the Center on Disabilities Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She has a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, and a Doctoral degree in Exceptionalities from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her research interests include assistive technology, culturally-based education, and mathematics.