Fair, conference focuses on resources for individuals with disabilities

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Tanya Simer, a research associate with the University of Guam’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, provides a woman with information on newborn hearing screening at last year’s GSAT Assistive Technology Fair on March 9 at Agana Shopping Center. (Photo courtesy of UOG)

Individuals with disabilities and their family members, caregivers, and service providers explored a variety of services specific to their needs at the 26th Annual GSAT Assistive Technology Fair held on Saturday at the Agana Shopping Center.

“The fair was an opportunity for individuals to become aware of the services that exist in the community, and it is also a networking event that brings together agencies that equally serve the disability population,” said June De Leon, acting director for the University of Guam’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, better known as Guam CEDDERS, which organized the fair.

The fair exhibited government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and product and service vendors that provide specific resources for individuals with disabilities. These resources range from hearing aids and assistive technologies to legal services.

Two weeks later, on Friday, March 20, will be the annual GSAT Assistive Technology Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westin Resort Guam. Participants will hear from presenters on topics including transportation, employment, transitioning from high school to post-secondary education, accessible polling places, and more. The conference will begin with a plenary, followed by a panel of individuals on their experience with different types of assistive technology, and then multiple breakout sessions in the afternoon.

The event is free to the public. Seating at the conference is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register or for more information, contact Guam System for Assistive Technology at 735-2490, TTY 735-2491, or [email protected] (UOG press release)

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