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 Guam 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, Guam 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 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.

GPPT/Project Fitme and Guam EHDI Participate at the Lion’s Club Health Fair

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February 02, 2019: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project Fitme and Guam’s Positive Parents Together (GPPT) participated in the Lion’s Club Health Fair at the Micronesia Mall Center Court. Guam EHDI and GPPT shared information about initial hearing screening for newborns and parent supports available to families of children identified with a hearing loss. Pictured at the event were (standing, L-R): Ashley Babauta, GPPT/Project Fitme Support Staff ; Jenika Ballesta, Guam CEDDERS Research Associate; and Bobbie Aflleje, GPPT/Project Fitme Support Staff.
February 02, 2019: the Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) participated in the Lion’s Club Health Fair at the Micronesia Mall Center Court. Pictured at the event is Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator.

Family Visits GSAT Model Home

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January 24, 2019: The Riate Family visited the GSAT Model Home, which helped them learn more about assistive technology. The Riates borrowed the Weighted Shawl and Puppy Hugs assistive devices. The Weighted Shawl and Puppy Hugs are weighted sensory products that aid with sensory processing by providing deep pressure information to joints and muscles, which help individuals feel relaxed and calm. (Pictured L-R: Joseph, Asuncion, and Simon Riate)

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.