GPPT/Project Fitme Facilitates Parent Leadership Training on Self-Advocacy

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Self-Advocacy

November 17, 2018: Susan Dugan, GPPT/Project Fitme Coordinator, facilitated a Parent Leadership Training on Self-Advocacy for parents and family members at the Hagatna Library. The training focused on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Guam Legal Services Corporation-Disability Law Center (GLSC-DLC) and other resources parents can access to ensure their child receives Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Additional information on how Parent Mentors can offer additional support as parents navigate resources for their children’s needs. (Pictured from left to right) John Mabayag, Jay-Lynn Mendiola, Trisha Suzuki, Caleb Suzuki, Susan R. Dugan, Program Coordinator; Evelyn Topasna, and Ashley Babauta.

Promoting Self-Advocacy

4 individuals sitting around a table.
2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of I Linå’lå-ta “Our Life’ newsletter. To commemorate this milestone, Guam CEDDERS met with Lynn and Andrew Tydingco to discuss the process of passing the torch of producing the newsletter to Self-Advocates in Action (SiñA) for years to come. Attending this initial meeting were (L-R, clockwise) Andrew Tydingco, SiñA Representative, Sherry Guerrero, Guam CEDDERS, Lynn Tydingco, SiñA Representative, and Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS.

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.

GSAT Advisory Council General Membership Meeting

Guam Systems for Assistive Technology Self-Advocacy
Group poses for photo outside GSAT.
The GSAT Advisory Council held its general membership meeting on October 27, 2015. During this meeting, new officers were elected. The new officers and members of the council can be seen in the photo above. They are (Left to Right): Lou Mesa, Member at Large; Lee Perez, community member; Raymond Sayas, Guam Development Disabilities Council representative; Dawn Maka, Secretary; Roy Rosario, Member at Large; Lisa Ogo, Member at Large; Jennifer Vicente, Guam Legal Services Disability Law Center representative; (seated) Josephine Cortez, community member; Carla Torres, Guam System for Assistive Technology program coordinator, Barbara Johnson, Chairperson; Rudy Ignacio, Vice Chairperson.

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). 

Speaker presenting to a large group around a conference table.
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.

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.

September 2015 Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council Meeting

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Photo of Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council Meeting on September 18, 2015.
The Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council held its quarterly meeting on September 18 at the GSAT Center. In addition to the regular agenda topics, the Council previewed two recently Guam CEDDERS produced videos: “Visitability,” and “Ta Fan Acompredi: 10 Tips for Communicating with People with Disabilities” which was produced in collaboration with Guam Legal Services Disabilities Law Center.
Attending the meeting were (clockwise, starting top left): Erlinda Tydingco, Chairperson; Josie Guerrero; Maria Bontogon; Mara San Nicolas; Rosanne Ada; Hank Parker; Therese Crisostomo; June De Leon; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas; Ben Servino; and Terrie Fejarang.