Guam CEDDERS Supports the IDEA Fiscal Forum for Outlying Areas and Freely Associated States

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OSEP, RMS, NCSI, and Guam CEDDERS staff with entity special education program and fiscal staff from American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Guam, RMI, ROP, and Virgin Islands.

Guam CEDDERS supported the IDEA Fiscal Forum for Outlying Areas and Freely Associated States facilitated by the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Risk Management Service (RMS), and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) on March 22-24, 2017 at the Federal Center South Building, Seattle, Washington. The purpose for the forum was to provide the six Pacific entities and Virgin Islands an opportunity for entity program and fiscal staff to connect with others in similar situations, to share knowledge and experiences, hear updated information from the Department on fiscal issues, and gain access to both OSEP and RMS staff and receive technical assistance from national content experts.

GSAT Provides Accessibility Information to Guam Hilton Resort & Spa

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Michelle Angeles, Materials Manager for the Hilton Resort and Spa, visited GSAT on March 8 seeking information related to facilitating accessibility at the Hilton. After considering several options, she borrowed a Braille Labeler in preparation for an inspection to help ensure their facilities are accessible to individuals who are blind. The device was returned on March 17 after the facility successfully passed an inspection. The Hilton is now planing to purchase their own Braille Labeler. Shown (L-R) are John Guiao, GSAT Student Office Assistant and Ms. Angeles.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation Signing

On March 2, Acting Governor Ray Tenorio signed a proclamation declaring March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month ​and​ ​Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) Day.” This year’s theme is “It Matters to Me, Family is Everything.” The month of March has a​ ​range ​of activities in celebration of the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month that also includes the Guam System for Assistive Technology Fair on March 4 at the Micronesia Mall and 23rd Annual GSAT Conference on March 10 at the Westin Resort Guam.

Guam EHDI Project Presentation at Territories Meeting During the National EHDI Conference

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Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director, also presented a summary of Guam EHDI activities during the Islands/Outlying Territories Meeting during the National EHDI Conference on February 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.
JJ Mendiola, Guam CEDDERS Interoperability Data Manager, presents a summary of Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project data during the Islands/Outlying Territories Meeting held in conjunction with the National EHDI Conference, on February 25, in Atlanta, Georgia. Parents the various jurisdictions and personnel from EHDI Projects from the Commonwealth of American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Virgin Islands were present at the meeting.