Behavioral Health and Disabilities Glossary Presented at NASW Guam Conference

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Mariles Benavente, LCSW, LPC, and former Guam CEDDERS Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator, conducted a breakout session titled, “The Behavioral Health Glossary in Chamorro: a Practical Tool towards Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care” during the recent Guam Chapter of the National Association of Social Work Conference on March 17, 2019 held at the Westin Resort Guam. The glossary was developed to promote the importance of using interpreters, translators, and language products, such as this glossary, to improve access and use of behavioral health and disabilities services by the island’s linguistically diverse population. Ms. Benavente served as the editor of the glossary which was published in 2017 by Guam CEDDERS. A copy of the Glossary was given to the over 40 participants who attended the session. For an electronic copy of the glossary, go to

UOG Students Explore Assistive Technology

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Three students in assistive technology center.
A Scavenger Hunt assignment was given to the seven students enrolled in UOG’s ED443, Assistive Technology class. Their assignment was given to them to familiarize themselves with GSAT, its vast array of technology, and an opportunity for “hands-on” exploration of its lending library. The students were given multiple scenarios/circumstances in which they needed to identify a minimum of two assistive technology devices, ranging from low to high tech that would assist in providing sufficient support in those areas. In the photo above, Ann Flores, Anntonette Quiambao, and Gabriel Posadas, (L-R) came in to GSAT on November 13, 2015, to complete their scavenger hunt.
Student sitting at desk.
Gabriel Posadas, a student from the University of Guam’s UOG’s ED443- Assistive Technology class, explores features of a software program designed to help students with learning disabilities who struggle with reading and writing.

Pohnpei Teachers Receive Information About the EPICS Project

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Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director, was recently in Pohnpei to share information on the EPICS Project. EPICS, which stands for “Educating Pacific Island Clinicians in Speech-Language Pathology,” is currently in the recruitment of scholars phase. Attending the meeting on August 21 were (L-R): Joysleen Daniel, Pohnpei Special Education Staff and graduate of Project Fo’na; Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS; Maureen Villagomez, Special Education Teacher; Maiulynn Gallen, Special Education Teacher; Roddy Roberts, Vision Instruction Teacher; and Carlina Henry, Special Education Coordinator.

ADA 25th Anniversary & IDEA 40th Anniversary Celebration – Short Film Schedule

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Short Film Schedule:

Faces of Autism
A short film series that features local families sharing their stories on living with autism.

Docomo Channel 2 (Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00pm) May 19, May 28
Kuam TV11 (Saturdays & Sundays at 7pm) May 24, June 6, June 13 
PBS Channel 12 (Sunday at 8:00pm) May 24, May 25 (re-broadcast 6:30pm) 

Aline Yamashita, Ph.D., a senator in the 31st Guam Legislature, is a lifelong educator. She has been a University of Guam Professor, and is a former Deputy Superintendent of the Guam Department of Education. But first and foremost, she is a mother. She candidly shares her experiences and views on raising a child with autism in this video interview. “Eric” A Parent Advocate Profile” paints a raw, compelling, at times humorous, and emotionally moving story while providing some advice to families, teachers, and to the community at large.

Kuam TV11 (Saturdays & Sundays at 7pm) May 17, May 30, June 7
Docomo Channel 2 (Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00pm) May 21, June 2
PBS Channel 12 (Sunday at 7:00pm) May 31, June 1 (re-broadcast 6:30pm)

This is a story of Bernadette Colet, a 35 year-old athlete, artist, worker, altar server, joker, friend, and all around charmer who happens to have Down Syndrome. Told through the voice of her mother and father, “Bernadette” aims to increase public awareness about people with Down Syndrome and advocates that people with disabilities need opportunities and given a chance, just like everyone else.

Assistive Technology and Educational Success
This educational video features the use of assistive technology in the educational setting.

Guam Systems for Assistive Technology 20 Years in Assistive Technology
A video that highlights the history of the Guam System for Assistive Technology from its inception to the present.

Kuam TV11 (Saturdays & Sundays at 7pm) May 23, May 31
Docomo Channel 2:  Wednesday, May 27, 9:00pm; Friday, May 29, 9:00pm; Tuesday, June 2, 9:00pm; Thursday, June 4, 9:00pm
PBS Channel 12 (Sunday at 8:00pm) June 7, June 8 (re-broadcast 6:30pm)

Students Connect History to Current Disability Issues

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Students looking at screen.
John Acfalle​ (standing pointing to screen)​, student of the Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of Disability class, shares his experiences of bringing two individuals, who grew up in an institutional setting, into his family home.​ ​His video depicts the advantage and normalcy of small family settings over group home housing.​ ​John shared his experiences of camping up and down the western states with his new family members, Willie and Charlie, and the experience of Charlie meeting his sisters for the first time. Engaged in the presentation are Guam CEDDERS staff members​.​ Standing from left to right: Leilani ​Lafaele, Tia Pereda​, and Sherr​y​ Guerrero.