Leadership & Systems Change (LSC)
Ginger Porter, Initiative Area Coordinator
This Initiative Area is tasked with facilitating on-going systems change and program development efforts within the community that reflect and respond to emerging and persistent needs affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.
Projects under this Initiative Area focus on training and technical assistance to councils, boards, and commissions whose missions relate to improving services to individuals with disabilities. Promoting the concept of “Individualized Budgeting” and facilitating systems change related to transportation are also activities under this Initiative Area.
Health, Wellness, & Prevention (HWP)
Elaine Eclavea, Initiative Area Coordinator
In this photo: Jordan Jugo demonstrates the importance of "bonding" with his daughter.
The Health, Wellness, & Prevention Initiative Area seeks to facilitate technical assistance and training efforts that specifically address early intervention and health care issues affecting persons with disabilities throughout their lifespan.
Current projects under this Initiative Area focus on enhancing early childhood and educational systems of service, building local capacity in child caregiver training, newborn hearing screening, the area of speech and language services through a graduate program, and supporting a ground breaking children’s mental health project through evaluating program effectiveness.
Inclusive Communities (IC)
June Quitugua, Initiative Area Coordinator
In this photo: During an on-site visit to Eot, Faichuk Islands in Chuuk State, FSM, Donna McNear, Pacific CIMAP Consultant, plays with Freda Phillip, a child with vision impairment, while the child’s mother, Wenty Phillip, looks on.
The Inclusive Communities Initiative Area is charged with facilitating activities that provide a variety of training and technical assistance opportunities which promote the increase of meaningful community involvement of individuals with disabilities and their families.
Included in this Initiative Area is the federally funded Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Project that provides for a continuum of technology and rehabilitation research, training, and community-based services promoting increased experience and knowledge of assistive and adaptive devices for individuals with disabilities.
Local and regional activities under this Initiative Area focus on improving transition, employment, education, and assistive technology supports and services for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.