This year the GSAT CONFERENCE is going VIRTUAL and WE WANT YOU TO BE THERE!
The Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) is a program under the Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (CEDDERS), and it is our mission to help individuals with disabilities meet their Assistive Technology needs and increase their quality of life. This year’s theme is “Creating Opportunities in a Changing World.” The heightened health concerns brought about by the current pandemic has changed the way we approach life. Achieving accessibility and staying connected to be more inclusive in employment, school and community is needed in this digital age.
Assistive technology can also be inexpensive. There are low tech tech solutions for a variety of needs. This year we are honored to have two astounding speakers that will be presenting during the conference.
Creating Assistive Technology Devices at Home During COVID 19
November 6, 2020 , 10:30AM – 12:00PM CHst
Presenter: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D. , ATP
Therese Willkomm is currently the Director of the New Hampshire Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the Institute on Disability and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. In addition, Dr. Willkomm is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology Program and the coordinator of the Disability Studies Minor. She has been engaged in providing/managing assistive technology services for over 28 years in the areas of home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities. She is known nationally and internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology” and for her work in rural rehabilitation technology. Dr. Willkomm has presented in 38 states, five foreign countries, and three U.S. territories and authored 22 publications including her most recent book titled “Make A Difference Today – Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes.”
Four Decades of Exploration in Assistive Technology: From Toys to Term Papers
November 13, 2020 , 10:30AM – 12:00PM CHst
Presenter: Neil Rochelle
Neil Rochelle is a loving father of two children and dedicated educator of 38 years. Mr. Rochelle, has over a decade of experience as classroom teacher and special education consultant. He had a long career in school administration and was a former School Superintendent in New York State.
Determined to seek new adventures and make a significant difference in the lives of children led him to relocate to the territory of Guam in 2010. He is revitalized by the lifestyle, culture, traditions and people in Pacific-Asia. Mr. Rochelle is currently serving as a project lead at Guam Department of Education implementing a U.S. Department of Education Consolidated Grant project where he brings tools, equipment and professional learning in the use and integration of technology for teaching and learning teachers, administrators and students. He is falling back to his roots in special education services, administration and oversees Assistive Technology.
This conference is intended for individuals with disabilities, family members/caregivers, employers, senior living providers, students, therapists, educators, and local/non-profit organizations providing supports to individuals with disabilities
**American Sign Language and Closed Captioning will be provided.
Please request accommodations two (2) weeks in advance.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE