Hemlani Foundation donates assistive technology to GDOE

Pictured from L-R: Rayna Cruz, PDHF Operations Manager; Yolanda Gabriel, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education; Nichol Napoleon, Assistive Technology Specialist; Ruth Gurusamy, PDHF Board Secretary

The P.D. Hemlani Foundation donated five assistive technology devices to Guam Department of Education Special Education Department on Friday for students whose individualized education program, created pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, incorporates the use of assistive devices.

This 8th annual donation is made in honor of P.D. and Radhi Hemlani’s granddaughter, Sherina J. Hemlani, who was also a special needs student.

Nichol Tanaka Napoleon, GDOE Special Education Teacher – Assistive Technology said: “We are incredibly grateful to the P.D. Hemlani Foundation for their 8th annual donation to our children with special needs who rely on assistive technology to access their education. Your generous donation has made it possible for our students to utilize their devices across all settings in their daily lives, to include periods of extended breaks, such as Christmas break and summer, when we would typically collect devices for maintenance.”

A student parent commented: “She had an iPad at school but had an inoperable iPad at home. Your generous donation allowed for her to be able to use her device at home during summer and Christmas break, and when we travel. She is now reading for fun which we never thought we’d see!”

PDHF’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities by creating opportunities and providing assistance for continued growth in health, education and social welfare. The recent donation of five iPads and protective cases are valuable tools to help improve the students’ communication, social and academic needs as well as improve their functional capabilities both at school and at home.

“Your donations have helped children with visual impairments, speech difficulty, specific learning disabilities, deaf students and autism to gain independence and level the playing field academically. Thank you so much for all you continue to do for our children,” Napoleon stated.