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.

JFK Teacher Receives Early Childhood Resources

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John Hernandez, a teacher in the Health Department at John F. Kennedy High School, visited Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director, on November 5 to discuss early childhood services and supports and receive resources. After conducting a pilot class, Mr. Hernandez recently spearheaded the approval process to teach a health course titled, “Prenatal to Infancy Wellness: Nutrition and Healthcare.” Students in the class include pregnant teens and new mothers. Resources shared included the “Guam Early Learning Guidelines,” “Neni Directory,” “Building Young Brains,” and various posters and early childhood videos produced by Guam CEDDERS.

GSAT Holds Training on using AT in the Workplace

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As part of the activities to commemorate “National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” Carla Torres, Guam CEDDERS Assistive Technology and Special Projects Coordinator, conducted a presentation on “Assistive Technology Utilization in the Workplace” on October 8. Attendees included individuals with disabilities, family members, and personnel from the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID). 

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Various community members, including service providers, employers, and individuals with disabilities, listen to Carla Torres (standing), GSAT program coordinator talk about “Utilizing Assistive Technology in the Workplace.”
Three workshop participants trying out assistive technology devices.
Community members try the various communication devices on display at GSAT’s new AT Center.

NDEAM Proclamation Signing

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Large group poses for photo in Governor's conference room.
On September 29, 2015, Acting Governor Ray Tenorio signed a proclamation declaring October “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” The national theme this is year is “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.” The Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is leading the month-long celebration with a variety of training opportunities and celebratory activities for individuals with disabilities, employers, and service providers alike.

GSAT Helps Family Members Make Decisions about AT

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Two individuals looking at assistive technology device. Two individuals looking at assistive technology device. Two individuals looking at assistive technology device.

Carla Torres, Assistive Technology and Special Project Program Coordinator, conducted a demonstration of the Garaventa Stair Trac on September 18 for Lee Edquilane, a resident of Hagatna.  Mr. Edquilane came to GSAT to check out options to help his mother, who is a wheelchair user, safely navigate over stairs.

AT Demo Conducted

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Three individuals seated around conference table with AT device on table.
Carla Torres (left), GSAT Program Coordinator, and Roy Rosario (far right), GSAT Advisory Council member, provided Maria Pineda (center) a demonstration of the Eye-Pal ROL portable scanner and reader. Roy shared his positive experiences with the Eye-Pal ROL and the various ways he uses it to access printed materials and maintain independence in his life.

Parents Participate in Café Conversation

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Guam ELG Birth to 36 Months Workgroup Continues

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The Guam Early Learning Guidelines Workgroup met again on August 13 to continue the review of section drafts. Attending the meeting were (Clockwise from Left): Mara San Nicolas, Social Services Supervisor, Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Child Protective Services; Linda Rodriquez, Administrator, DPHSS, Bureau of Social Services Administration; Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director; Mary Kidd, Guam ELG Consultant; and Ramon Castro, Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) Service Provider.

Pohnpei State Vision Instruction Program Receives Donated Braille Books

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Four individuals standing holding braille children's books.
The Pohnpei State Department of Education, Special Education Program, received a contribution of braille books for young children through the donation of Sheila Amato and her volunteers from West Virginia. This donation was made through the networking contact of Donna McNear, Pacific Vision Instruction Project (Pacific VIP) Consultant and UMASS-Boston adjunct instructor. Pictured receiving the books on August 21, are: (L-R) Roddy Robert, Vision Instruction Teacher; Karlina Henry, Special Education Coordinator; Joseph Villazon, Director of Education; and Johnatan Zared, Pakein Elementary School Principal. Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director, delivered the books during her Pacific VIP site visit to Pohnpei.

Guam CEDDERS Posters Go On Display at the 25th Anniversary of the ADA Festival

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Resources materials developed by Guam CEDDERS and funded by CEDDERS’ AIDD Core Grant were put on display at the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Festival held at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on July 24-26. Copies of the posters, featuring advocates on Guam, are also being given to AIDD for display at the AIDD offices in Washington, DC. Celebrating the ADA. Receiving the posters are: (left to right) Shakia Baskerville, MPH, Presidential Management Fellow, Office of External Affairs, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Shia Byers, Summer Intern, American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD), Andrew Morris, MPH, Policy Analyst, Office of the Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health & Human Services