GSAT Advisory Council General Membership Meeting

Community Services: Model Services Guam Systems for Assistive Technology
The Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) Advisory Council, held their General Membership Meeting on July 25. Pictured Left, clockwise: Tom Manglona; Barbara Johnson, Vice Chairperson; Ben Servino, Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID) Director; Lou Mesa, Secretary; Rudy Ignacio, Chairperson; Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator; Josephine Cortez, Member at Large; Lee Perez; Kirsten Bamba, ASL Interpreter; and Raymond Sayas, Guam Developmental Disabilities Council (GDDC) Representative.

Guam CEDDERS Facilitated a Document and Website Accessibility Training at DISID

Community Services: Training
On July 24, Sherolyn Guerrero, Guam CEDDERS Disability Media Specialist, Leah Abelon, GSAT Center Coordinator, and Christina Jung, Guam CEDDERS Research Associate, conducted a training on Document and Website Accessibility at the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID). The training was part of several events hosted by DISID in celebration of the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seventeen individuals attended the training, which included representatives from the Judiciary of Guam, Guam Community College, Department of Labor, Guam Housing & Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA), DISID, and Flametree.

CEDDERS and Guam LAUNCH Co-Present at SAMHSA 2017 Summer Grantee Training Institute

Guam Launch

From June 13 – 16, Cohort 6 Project LAUNCH grantees gathered in Rockville, Maryland for the Summer 2017 Grantee Training Institute. The Training Institute was an opportunity to learn new strategies and gain support and guidance from national experts, graduated Project LAUNCH sites, and other Cohort 6 grantees. During the Training Institute, CEDDERS Training Associate, Bonnie Brandt, and Guam LAUNCH Project Director, Helene Paulino, co-presented during a break out session titled: Culturally Grounded Approaches to Supporting Families and Communities through Project LAUNCH. Their presentation highlighted the Cultural Cafés which CEDDERS facilitated in 2016 to gather and validate information about cultural values, strengths, and practices that might influence families’ participation in Guam LAUNCH activities. During the presentation, participants were provided with an overview of the cultural café process, key findings, and recommendations for how this strategy might support decision making related to cultural adaptations in service delivery and evaluation.

Guam Early Learning Council Quarterly Meeting

Guam Early Learning Council

On June 30, Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, and Elaine Eclavea, educational consultant and Guam Early Learning Council (GELC) co-chairperson, discussed the Early Childhood Professional Development Subcommittee at the GELC Quarterly Meeting held at the Dusit Thani Resort.
Christine Calvo, First Lady of Guam and GELC co-chair, calls the GELC quarterly meeting to order at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort on June 30. (Seated L-R) Vince Leon Guerrero, Office of the Governor; James Gillan, Department of Public Health & Social Services (DPHSS) Director; First Lady Christine Calvo; and Elaine Eclavea, educational consultant and GELC co-chairperson.

Guam CEDDERS Participated in Kariñu’s Strategic Planning Retreat

Project Kariñu

On June 2, Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, facilitated the Guam LAUNCH Community Evaluation Advisory Team (CEAT) meeting during the Kariñu Strategic Planning Event held at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort.
(L-R) Gerry Lunod, PEACE Office; Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS; and Helene Paulino & Terry Aguon, Karinu, pose for a picture during the Kariñu Strategic Planning Retreat held on June 2 at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort.
On June 2, Kariñu staff along with Guam CEDDERS Evaluation Team participated in team building activities lead by Gerry Lunod from the PEACE Office during the Kariñu Strategic Planning Retreat. (Sitting L-R): Bertha Kachita, Lolita Leon Guerrero, Antoinette Latson, Kariñu; and Bernadette Shisler, Guam CEDDERS; (Standing L-R) Tammy Bamba, Pauline Camacho, Lavina Camacho, Isabella Fagota, Kariñu; Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS; Gerry Lunod, PEACE Office; Helene Paulino, Terry Aguon, Marie Baleto-Sherwin, Jamie Freitas, JoBeth Aquino, Kariñu.
On June 30, Helene Paulino (standing beside flowchart), Kariñu, discussed the flowchart of services during the Kariñu Strategic Planning Retreat held at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort.