Meeting with EPICS Scholars Focuses on Practicum Preparation

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February 20, 2019: Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director and EPICS Liaison met with Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Public School System Special Education staff to discuss upcoming practicum options for the Saipan-based scholars. Front Row (L-R): Terrie Fejarang; Suzanne Lizama, CNMI PSS Special Education Director. Back Row (L-R): Nora Pangelinan, Data Management and Compliance Program Manager and Donna Flores, Data Management and Compliance Program Manager.
February 20, 2019: Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director and Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project Fitme Project Director, met with Angie Mister, CCC-AuD, CNMI EHDI Coordinator at the CNMI Public Health Center, Saipan, to discuss upcoming events within the EHDI Projects.
February 20, 2019: Saipan-based EPICS scholars met with EPICS staff to discuss upcoming practicum activities. EPICS stands for “Educating Pacific Island Clinicians in Speech Pathology” a personnel preparation project funded through a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) grant. The grant supports the delivery of SJSU’s graduate program in Speech Language Pathology to Pacific scholars. (L-R): Catherine Roszala, EPICS Scholar; Ignacio Dela Cruz, EPICS Scholar; Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director and EPICS On-site Liaison; and Keokia Mendiola, CCC-SLP, EPICS/San Jose State University Clinical Practicum Supervisor. Not shown: Tricia Taitano, EPICS Scholar.

Train-the-trainer Self-Advocacy Workshop Held

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February 16, 2019: Five Self-Advocates gather with Guam CEDDERS staff following completion of a 2-day Self-Advocacy Train the Trainer Workshop, February 9 and 16, 2019 at GSAT. Front row (L-R): Self-Advocates Maria Bontogon, Barbara Johnson, and Candice Perry. Back row (L-R): Kunta Edmond, UOG Social Work Intern; Mary Kidd, CEDDERS Consultant, Esther Gina Arca and Silvestre San Nicolas, Self-Advocates; and Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS staff.
February 16, 2019: Self-Advocates review an activity in one of five modules of the Self-Advocacy Training Program for Individuals with Disabilities at a Train the Trainer Workshop held at GSAT. Seated clockwise are: Silvestre San Nicolas, Self-Advocate; Mary Kidd, CEDDERS Consultant; Maria Bontogon, Candice Perry, and Barbara Johnson, Self-Advocates; and Kunta Edmond, UOG Social Work Intern.
February 9, 2019: (Clockwise) Maria Bontogon, Barbara Johnson, Candice Perry and Silvestre San Nicolas participate in a Train-the-Trainer Self-Advocacy Workshop with E. Gina Arca (not shown) at GSAT. Facilitating is Mary Kidd with Evangelis Babauta, ASL interpreter.

Project Fitme D/HH Parent Support Group and Guam EHDI Team Meet to Prepare for “Fieldtrip”

CEDDERS CORE Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
February 9, 2019: Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing and Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) staff and service providers, met in preparation for their upcoming site visit with the Parent and Professional Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina. The team will be attending a conference to help parents through their emotional journey and to improve their cultural communication. The team will also be visiting several programs in the area that provide an array of services to children who are D/HH and their families. Pictured from left to right: Jenika Ballesta, Guam CEDDERS Research Associate; Susan Dugan, GPPT Project Fitme Coordinator; Cathy Tydingco, School Program Coordinator, Guam Department of Education; Terrie Fejarang Guam CEDDERS Associate Director; Trisha Suzuki, Parent Mentor; Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate; Evelyn Topasna, Parent Mentor; Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS Hearing Screening Paraprofessional; Ann Marie Cruz, GPPT Board President; and Jecilla Cruz, Self-Advocate and daughter of Ann Marie Cruz.

UOG Social Work Faculty Visit Guam CEDDERS

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February 4: Lisa Linda Natividad, Ph.D., and Tricia Lizama, Ph.D, UOG Social Work faculty, visited Guam CEDDERS to discuss the inclusion of a breakout session entitled, “The Behavioral Health Glossary in CHamoru: A Practical Tool Towards Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care” during the upcoming National Association of Social Workers – Guam Chapter Annual Conference scheduled for March 18-19, 2019 at the Westin Resort Guam. Mariles Benavente, LCSW, and retired Guam CEDDERS Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator, the editor of the Glossary, will be the lead presenter of the session. (L-R) Dr. Natividad and Dr. Lizama are shown holding copies of the Glossary.

CEDDERS Expressed Their Appreciation to GMHA Staff

CEDDERS CORE Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
December 21, 2018: Guam CEDDERS expressed their appreciation to GMHA OB Ward and Nursery staff for continued collaboration throughout the year. Pictured from left to right: Ma Victoria (Marivic) Guaio, GMHA OB Ward Nursing Supervisor, and Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS. Not pictured: Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS.
Pictured from Left to right: Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS; Nursery staff; Avelina (Bing) Opena, GMHA NICU Supervisor; Elena Mariano, Nursing Staff; JennyLyn Pascual, GMHA Staff; and Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS.

Guam CEDDERS Celebrates 25th Anniversary

CEDDERS CORE Developmental Disabilities

What began as a University Affiliated Program at the University of Guam on February 14, 1993, has evolved into a dynamic organization twenty-five years later that continues to build bridges with partners to create stronger linkages, programs, services, and supports to positively impact the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Various stakeholders including people with disabilities and their families, the Lieutenant Governor of Guam, Senators, University leaders, government and non-profit organization representatives, friends, and staff gathered on February 13 at the Westin Resort Hotel to commemorate and celebrate this major birthday and milestone.

 

Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio signs a proclamation declaring March as DD Awareness Month. Proclamation signing was part of the celebration held at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.
Dr. Robert Underwood, June De Leon, Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, and Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio pose for the camera after a proclamation signing.
June De Leon, Dr. Robert Underwood, Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, and Amanda Shelton; Staff from the Office of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, smile during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary celebration at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.
On February 18, 2018, Guam CEDDERS received a resolution from the 34th Guam Legislature in recognition of 25th years of service (L-R)June De Leon, Senator Joe San Agustin, Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, and Dr. Robert Underwood.
Dr. Robert Underwood, University of Guam President; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Guam CEDDERS Director, and Dr. Anita Enriquez, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, pose for a picture during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary celebration at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.
Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, June De Leon, and Dr Robert Underwood smile for the camera during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary at the Westin Resort Guam.
Bonnie Brandt, June De Leon, Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, and Ben Servino smile with a beautiful cake provided by LSG.
Guam Developmental Disabilities Council members pose with Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio. Members from various agencies came to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Guam CEDDERS which was held on February 13, 2018 at the Westin Resort Guam.
Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Guam CEDDERS Director and Erlinda Tydingco, Self-Advocate; pose for the camera during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary celebration at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.
Candace Perry, Self-Advocate, smiles for the camera during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary celebration at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.
Moses Puas, Self-Advocate, smiles for the camera during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary celebration at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.
Barbara Johnson, Self-Advocate, smiles for the camera during the Guam CEDDERS 25th Anniversary celebration at the Westin Resort Guam on February 13, 2018.

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Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council Meet to Discuss CORE Work Plan for 2018-2023

CEDDERS CORE Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council
The Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council held ​its​ quarterly meeting​ on December 7. In addition to the regular agenda items, ​ ​discussions took place on ​potential goals, objectives, and activities for ​the ​Guam CEDDERS ​Core Work Plan for ​2018-2023. (Front row, L-R) Erlinda Tydingco; Josie Guerrero, Chairperson; Joyce Tejeresas, Vice Chairperson; baby Richard Flores; Julia Flores; Linda Rodriguez; Maria Bontogon; Carol Cabiles; Ben Servino; Barbara Johnson; and Marie Tedtaotao-Libria.

Guam DD Tri-Agency Create 2018-2023 Tri-Agency Work Plan

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Representatives from the Guam Developmental Disabilities Tri-Agency met on November 16 to develop the 2018-2023 Tri-Agency Work Plan. Attending the meeting were (L-R): Carol Cabiles, Program Coordinator, Guam Legal Services – Disability Law Center (GLS-DLC); Marie Libria, Program Coordinator, Guam Developmental Disabilities Council (GDDC); Hank Parker, J.D., Executive Director, GLS-DLC; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Director, Guam CEDDERS; June De Leon, Associate Director, Guam CEDDERS; and Terrie Fejarang, Associate Director, Guam CEDDERS.