Guam State Rehabilitation (SRC) Outreach Committee Meet

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On August 27, The Guam State Rehabilitation (SRC) Outreach Committee held their work session to discuss about the Customer Satisfaction Surveys that will be going out to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Clients. In attendance were: (Standing L-R) Lourdes Ann Mesa, SRC Chairperson; Leah Abelon, Outreach Committee Chairperson; Tim Murphy, Member; Seated (L-R) Brittney Cruz, Member; and Rodney Calimlim.

Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Client Demonstration

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On August 27, Shawni Acfalle (standing), Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Center Assistant demonstrates the first Braille and tactile smartwatch called the Dot Watch to Rodney Calimlim (seated), an individual who is blind. The smartwatch synchronizes to your smartphone and displays caller, text messages, appointments, or notifications from various apps on your smartphone. The Dot Watch is now available for demonstration and individuals can contact the GSAT Office at 735-2490 for an appointment.

GSAT and Guam EHDI attend Breastfeeding Awareness Month Fair

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On August 24, 2019, Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) participated in the 6th Annual Breast Feeding Awareness Fair at the Micronesia Mall Center Court. GSAT shared information on various assistive technology available to assist children with communication and limited fine and gross motor skills. (Pictured L-R) Shawni Acfalle, GSAT AT Center Assistant; and Leah Abelon, GSAT Program Coordinator.
On August 24, 2019, Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and Guam Positive Parents Together (GPPT), participated in the 6th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Fair at the Micronesia Mall Center Court. Guam EHDI and GPPT shared information about the importance of initial hearing screening for newborns and the parent support group available to assist families of children identified with a hearing loss. (Pictured L-R) Bernadine Reyes, Guam CEDDERS Office Assistant; fair participant, and Bobbie Afjelle, GPPT Support Staff.

GSAT and Guam EHDI attend the Guam Federation of Teachers Fair

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August 10, 2019: Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator, and Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS Research Associate, demonstrate the features of the various Assistive Technology devices to Mara Wusstig, Teacher at the Guam Department of Education, during the Annual Guam Federation of Teachers’ Health Fair at the Guam Premier Outlets.
August 10, 2019: Jenika Ballesta, Guam CEDDERS, Research Associate and Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS, Research Associate, provided information about the importance of newborn hearing screening, developmental milestones and other resources for persons with disabilities to a parent during the Guam Federation of Teachers’ the 6th Annual Health Fair at the Guam Premium Outlet. Not pictured Bobbie Afjelle, Guam Positive Parents Together Inc. (GPPT) Project Fitme Support Staff provided information on the parent support group available for families of children identified with a hearing loss.

Guam State Rehabilitation Council General Membership Meeting

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June 20, 2019: The Guam State Rehabilitation Council held their quarterly General Membership meeting at the GSAT, House 19 to discuss and vote on amendments to policies, and updates from the standing committees. Former SRC Treasurer, Eddy Reyes also conducted a presentation on GovGuam Procurement Policy Regarding Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

Vision Students Visit GSAT

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June 19, 2019: As part of the Guam Department of Education Vision Program – Extended School Year, Vision Instructor, Darlene Taimanglo and 8 students who are blind participated in a guided tour the Guam System for Assistive Technology Demonstration Center and Model Home to learn about AT for vision that provides support to daily living. The students range from 8 and 18 years.

Guam State Rehabilitation Council Swearing In Ceremony

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June 18, 2019: GSAT’s Center Coordinator Leah Abelon was appointed and sworn in as Community Rehabilitation Program Service Provider of the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) at the Governor’s Office in Adelup, for a term of three years. The SRC’s purpose, in partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), is to review, analyze, and advise regarding the DVR Program.

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Training at DISID

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June 10, 2019: GSAT Center Coordinator Leah Abelon conducted training on the usage of a TDD/TTY, a telecommunication device for the Deaf, and creating accessible documents. Training participants included staff from the Guam Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Division of Social Services.