iCanConnect Program Representative Meets CEDDERS Staff

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March 12, 2019: Leah Neumann, a deaf-blind specialist from the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) provided information to CEDDERS during her visit in Guam. She also participated as a resource vendor during the 25th Annual GSAT Fair on March 9, 2019. The iCanConnect program provides individuals with significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training. Pictured from left: Terrie Fejarang, CEDDERS Associate Director, Tanya Simer, Hearing Screening Paraprofessional; Jenika Ballesta, Research Associate; Marie Wusstig, Training Associate; Leah Neumann, HKNC Deaf-Blind Specialist; Leah Abelon, Research Associate; and Kunta Kinte Edmond, UOG Social Work Intern.

GSAT Holds Annual Assistive Technology Fair

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March 9, 2019: Tanya Simer (left), CEDDERS Hearing Screening Paraprofessional, gives a copy of the “Guam Directory of Services for Individuals with Disabilities” to Moses Puas (right) during the Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Fair held at Agana Shopping Center.
March 9, 2019: Leah Abelon (right), GSAT Center Coordinator, shares information about assistive technology devices available for individuals with hearing impairments during the GSAT Fair held at Agana Shopping Center.
March 9, 2019: Shawni Acfalle (right), GSAT Center Assistant, shares information about assistive technology devices available for individuals with visual impairments during the GSAT Fair held at Agana Shopping Center.

25th Annual Guam System for Assistive Technology Conference Held on March 1st

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March 1, 2019: The 25th Annual GSAT Conference, was held on March 1, 2019 held at Westin Resort Guam, welcomed 168 participants which included individuals with disabilities, service providers, family members, educators and the general public. This year’s theme: “Empowering Diverse Communities Through Innovative Technology,” recognized how innovative assistive technology paves the way to possibilities and creates a positive impact on people with disabilities.
March 1, 2019: Leah Abelon, Assistive Technology Center Coordinator, delivers welcoming remarks during the opening session of the conference.
March 1, 2019: The Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) team was featured during the first plenary session, highlighting their research and the availability of capacity building technical assistance for minority entities interested in doing research in fields related to disabilities. Pictured left to right: Edward Manyibe, Ph.D., CRC, LADC, Capacity Building Director and Research Associate Professor; Renee Starr-Howard, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Courtney Ward-Sutton, Ph. D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Andre Washington, Ph.D. CRC, Co-Principal Investigator/Technical Assistant Coordinator; and Corey Moore, Ph.D., CRC, Principal Investigator and Research Director.
March 1, 2019: Directors of the Developmental Disabilities Tri-Agency pose for a photo during the annual GSAT Conference. Pictured L-R: Jermaine Alerta, Executive Director, Guam Developmental Disabilities Council; Heidi San Nicolas, Ph.D., Director, Guam CEDDERS; and Hank Parker, Executive Director, Guam Legal Services Corporation – Disability Law Center.
March 1, 2019: The Agueda Johnston Middle School students from the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Program pose for a photo during the GSAT Conference with John Russell, their instructor and Kirsten Bamba and Jeannie Hollis, Educational Interpreters.
March 1, 2019: The Guam System for Assistive Technology received a legislative resolution from the Office of Senator Amanda Shelton in celebration of GSAT’s 25th Anniversary. Pictured L-R: Terrie Fejarang, CEDDERS Associate Director; Senator Amanda Shelton; Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator; and Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, CEDDERS Director.
March 1, 2019: GSAT was presented with a cake to celebrate 25 years of hard work and service to their community.
March 1, 2019: The Guam Legal Services Corporation – Disability Law Center (GLSC-DLC) receives a Legislative Resolution from the Office of Senator Wil Castro to commemorate their 20th year during the GSAT Conference. Pictured here are staff from GLSC-DLC and Senator Wil Castro (second from left).

Pacific UCEDDS Leaders Meet in Guam

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March 1, 2019: Leaders from the Pacific Region University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) attended the Pacific Basin Interagency Leadership Consortium (PBILC) Planning meeting on February 28 and the 25th Annual Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Conference held at the Westin Resort Guam on March 1. The Directors also met to discuss ways to improve collaboration efforts. (L-R): Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, Director, American Samoa UCEDD; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Director, Guam CEDDERS; and Jennifer-Eileen Castro, interim Director, CNMI UCEDD.

Langston University Consultants Meet Acting Governor Tenorio

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February 27, 2019: Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio met Langston University consultants after the proclamation signing and resolution presentation at the Guam Congress Building in Hagatna. Pictured left to right: Edward Manyibe, Capacity-Building Director and Research Associate Professor, Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC); Andre Washington, Co-Principal Investigator/Technical Assistant Coordinator, LU-RRTC; Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio; Corey Moore, Principal Investigator and Research Director, LU-RRTC.

March Proclaimed Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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February 27, 2019: Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio signed a proclamation declaring March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the Guam Congress Building in Hagatna. Senator and Legislative Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes presented a resolution to the tri-agency representatives for their continued work in the field of disabilties. Joseph Mendiola, CEDDERS Interoperability Data Manager and DDC Council member, received a copy of the resolution on behalf of CEDDERS.

First PBILC Meeting in 9 Years Held in Guam

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February 28, 2019: Representatives from the American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Guam met to discuss common issues relating to disabilities on our islands and the potential on re-establishing the Pacific Basin Interagency Leadership Consortium to work collaboratively in addressing common concerns.
Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, Director of the American Samoa University Center on Developmental Disabilities (ASUCEDD) spearheaded regrouping efforts and facilitated the meeting with support from Guam CEDDERS.

Langston University RERC Meets with UOG Administration

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On February 28, 2019, representatives from the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) met with University of Guam (UOG) officials to discuss opportunities for the territory to conduct research in the field of disability and rehabilitation. Langston University will work in collaboration with UOG to provide technical assistance in grant writing, conducting research, data analysis, and research publication.
Sitting from L-R: LU-RRTC Representatives: Dr. Courtney Ward-Sutton, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Dr. Renee Starr-Howard, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Dr. Corey L. Moore, Principal Investigator and Research Director; Dr. Edward O. Manyibe, Research Associate & Capacity Building Director; Dr. Andre L. Washington, Research Assistant Professor & Technical Assistance Coordinator.
Standing L-R: UOG Staff: Dr. Troy McVey, Interim Assistant Vice President, Director of Graduate Studies; Dr. Anita B. Enriquez, Senior Vice President; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, CEDDERS Director; Dr. Josephine Cruz, CEDDERS Training Associate; and Peter Barcinas, Institutional Review Board Chair.

Langston University Consultants Meet Senators

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February 27, 2019: Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center representatives pose in the main foyer of the Guam Congress Building after a meeting with senators. Left to Right: Jermaine Alerta, Executive Director, Guam Developmental Disabilties Council; Josephine Cruz, CEDDERS Training Associate; Senator Regine B. Lee, Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs, Telecommunications, Technology, and Labor; Edward Manyibe, Capacity-Building Director and Research Associate Professor, Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC); Corey Moore, Principal Investigator and Research Director, LU-RRTC; Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate; Andre ashington, Co-Principal Investigator/Technical Assistant Coordinator, LU-RRTC; Senator Amanda Shelton, Committee on Higher Education and the Advancement of Women, Youth, and Senior Citizens; and Jocelyn De Guia, Office of Senator Terlaje.
February 27, 2019: Representatives from the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center met with Senator Regine B. Lee, Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs, Telecommunications, Technology, and Labor; Senator Amanda Shelton, Committee on Higher Education and the Advancement of Women, Youth, and Senior Citizens; and a representative from Senator Therese Terlaje’s office to discuss research opportunities for Guam in the area of disabilities. Pictured (l to r): Josephine Cruz, CEDDERS Training Associate; Senator Amanda Shelton; Evelyn Claros, Office of Senator Shelton; Senator Regine Lee; Corey Moore, Principal Investigator and Research Director, Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC); Edward Manyibe, Capacity-Building Director and Research Associate Professor, LU-RRTC; and Andre Washington, Co-Principal Investigator/Technical Assistant Coordinator, LU-RRTC. Not pictured: Jocelyn De Guia, Office of Senator Terlaje; Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate, and Jermaine Alerta, Executive Director, Guam Developmental Disabilities Council.

Langston University Reps Share Info on Research Project Supports

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February 27, 2019: CEDDERS staff pose with Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) staff and representatives from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Langston University team comprising of Corey Moore, Principal Investigator and Research Director; Edward Manyibe, Capacity-Building Director and Research Associate Professor; and Andre Washington, Co-Principal Investigator/Technical Assistant Coordinator, are on Guam to share opportunities for Guamanians to conduct research in the fields of disability and rehabilitation. Funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services the LU-RRTC is actively recruiting participation in research opportunities in the U.S. Territories. Funding includes technical assistance in grant writing, conducting research, data analysis, and manuscript preparation and publishing.