NewGen Staff Visits GSAT

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November 13, 2018: NewGen Physical Therapy Chief Executive Officer Luan Nguyen and his staff, Grace Almonte, Janay Masga, Ashley Chua, Ashley Cabral, and Dr. Leonard Campos visited GSAT to explore the various Assistive Technology devices and services available. GSAT Center Coordinator Leah Abelon conducted a presentation of new mobility devices and tour of the Model Home, and gathered recommendations of other AT devices from the NewGen staff.

Projects Participate in Guam Head Start Parent Engagement Conference

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October 27, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project Fitme participated in the 2018 Guam Head Start Parent Engagement Conference at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Information about initial screening for newborns was shared with participants. Pictured with participants is Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional.
October 27, 2018: The Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) staff shared information about GSATs programs and services, with particular emphasis on various assistive technology devices that can assist children with communication and mobility. Pictured with an attendee is Shawni Acfalle, GSAT Center Assistant.
October 27, 2018: Guam EHDI Project Fitme with Guam Positive Parents Together (GPPT) participated in the 2018 Head Start Parent Engagement Conference at Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Information on the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Parent Support Group was shared with attendees. Pictured with attendees are Susan Duggan, GPPT Project Fitme Coordinator, and Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional.

President Krise Visits GSAT Model Home

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October 11, 2018: Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Guam CEDDERS Director (right) and Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator (left), conduct a tour of the GSAT Model Home for Dr. Thomas Krise, the University of Guam’s new President, (center).
October 11, 2018: GSAT Center Coordinator Leah Abelon (2nd from right) speaks with Dr. Thomas Krise, UOG President; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Guam CEDDERS Director; Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director; and a few UOG students about assistive technology equipment available at GSAT.

GSAT Advisory Council Executive Meeting

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On October 9, 2018, the GSAT Advisory Council Executive Committee held their meeting at the GSAT Office to develop and approve the agenda for the upcoming general membership meeting scheduled for October 23, 2018. In attendance were (sitting: left to right) Thomas Manglona, Member at Large; Josephine Cortez, Member at Large; and Evelyn Duenas, Vice Chairperson. (standing: left to right) Evangelis Babauta, ASL Interpreter; Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator; Lourdes Ann Mesa, Chairperson; Dawn Maka, Member at Large; and Barbara Johnson, Secretary.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation Signing

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On October 9, 2018, Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio signed a proclamation, declaring October, “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” This year’s theme is, “America’s Workforce Empowering All.” Activities during the month will reinforce the values and talents people with disabilities add to the workplace. Two events will be hosted by the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities and Pacific Human Resource Services Inc.: An Employer Conference and Community Fair on October 24 from 8am to 3:30pm at the Hotel Nikko Guam and an Applicant with Disabilities Conference Resource/Job Fair on October 27, 2018 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Tamuning Community Center. To culminate the month’s activities, an Appreciation Picnic is planned for November 3 at Ypao Beach from 11:00am at Pavilions F1-F3.

Guam State Rehabilitation Council General Membership Meeting

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Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio provides input on the SRC’s Policies / Standard Operating Procedures during the SRC General Membership Meeting on September 20, 2018.
On September 20, 2019, the Guam State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) held their General Membership Meeting at the Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Conference Room. Amendments to the Policies/ Standard Operating Procedures, Resolutions and SRC Contractual Needs were discussed. In attendance were (Sitting L-R) Benito Servino, DISID Director; Leah Abelon, SRC Outreach Committee Chairperson; Lourdes Ann Mesa, SRC Chairperson; Rodney Calimlim, Member; second row L-R: Gina Arca, Member; Marie Libria, Disability Advocacy Group Representative; Barbara Johnson, Member; Marie Leon Guerrero, Member; Carol Darlow, Parent Training and Information Center Representative; Conchita San Nicolas Taitano, Member; Therese Matanane, Member; third row L-R: Eddy Reyes, SRC Treasurer; Peter Barcinas, SRC Secretary; Sam Ilesugam, Services Committee Vice Chair; and Tim Murphy, State Independent Living Council Representative. The Guam State Rehabilitation Council provides clients of the Division of Vocation Rehabilitation with a mechanism to influence the direction of rehabilitation programs in Guam at the systemic policy level. During the meeting, Conchita Taitano and Gina Arca were sworn in by Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio as new members of the SRC.

ROSS Program Explores GSAT Services

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On August 28, 2018, Ronnie Santos from the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority Resident Opportunity Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program met with Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator, to explore the various Assistive Technology devices and GSAT services available for ROSS clients. The ROSS program assists the elderly and individuals with disabilities by linking these individuals to services within the community that can help sustain and maintain independent living.