National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Guam 2021

General Information

Statewide AT Program (Information to be listed in national State AT Program Directory)

State AT Program Title:
Guam System for Assistive Technology
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
https://www.gsatcedders.org/
Mailing Address:
Office of Graduate Studies, Sponsored Programs, & Research 303 University Drive UOG Station
City:
Mangilao
State:
Guam
Zip Code:
96913
Program Email:
gsat@guamcedders.org
Phone:
(671) 735-2490
TTY:
(671) 735-2491

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service
Mailing Address:
Office of Graduate Studies, Sponsored Programs, & Research 303 University Drive UOG Station
City:
Mangilao
State:
Guam
Zip Code:
96913
Program URL:
https://www.guamcedders.org/

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Mailing Address:
City
State:
Zip Code:
Program URL:

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
De Leon, June
Title:
Interim Director
Phone:
(671) 735-2481
E-mail:
june.deleon@guamcedders.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
De Leon, June
Title:
Interim Director
Phone:
(671) 735-2483
E-mail:
june.deleon@guamcedders.org
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Title:
Phone:
E-mail:

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Abelon, Leah Grace
Title:
CEDDERS Research Associate
Phone:
(671) 735-2490
E-mail:
leah.abelon@guamcedders.org

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Aguigui, Michelle
Title:
Associate Director
Phone:
(671) 735-2489
E-mail:
michelle.aguigui@guamcedders.org

State Financing

Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include any State Financing? Yes
Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include conducting a Financial Loan Program? Yes

Loan Applications
Area of Residence Total
Metro
RUCC 1-3
Non-Metro
RUCC 4-9
Approved Loan made 00 00 00
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 00 00 00
Total 00 00 00

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $0 Highest Income: $0

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$0 00 $0

Number and Percentage of Loans Made to Applicants by Income Range
Income Ranges Total
$15,000
or Less
$15,001-
$30,000
$30,001-
$45,000
$45,001-
$60,000
$60,001-
$75,000
$75,001
or More
Number of Loans 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Percentage of Loans 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 00 0%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 00 0%
With loan guarantee only 00 0%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 00 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 00 $0
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 00 $0

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 0%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
00 00 0%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
2.1% to 4.0% 00
4.1% to 6.0% 00
6.1% to 8.0% 00
8.1% - 10.0% 00
10.1%-12.0% 00
12.1%-14.0% 00
14.1% + 00
Total 00

5. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed

Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed
Type of AT Number of Devices Financed Dollar Value of Loans
Vision 00 $0
Hearing 00 $0
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 00 $0

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 00
Net loss for loans in default $0

B. State Financing Activities that provide consumers with resources and services that result in the acquisition of AT devices and services

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many other state financing activities that provide consumers with access to funds for the purchase of AT devices and services were included in your approved state plan? 0


C. State Financing Activities that Allow Consumers to Obtain AT at Reduced Cost

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many state financing activities that allow consumers to obtain AT at a reduced cost were included in your approved state plan? 0

D. Anecdote

No anecdote because no cash loans were made.

Impact Area

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 00 00 00 00
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 00 00
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 00 00
4. Subtotal 00 00 00 00
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 00 00 00 00
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 00 00 00 00
9. Performance on this measure NaN% NaN% NaN%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 00 NaN%
Satisfied 00 NaN%
Satisfied somewhat 00 NaN%
Not at all satisfied 00 NaN%
Nonrespondent 00 NaN%
Total Surveyed 00
Response rate % NaN%

G. Notes:

Efforts were made to promote the Akudi Loan program, including networking with hospital staff to provide application forms for individuals inquiring on available alternative financing sources. Clients shared that, although this option would help towards obtaining AT devices, unavailability from local vendors and delays in shipping, plus the added financial liability in an already strained and unstable economic environment due to the global pandemic made the option impractical at this time. The financial instability has caused some to tap into personal savings for needed devices. According to a local audiologist, some purchases for hearing aids, for example, were done so using personal funds initially intended for other life activities, such as recreation and travel, which were suspended or otherwise cancelled due to pandemic restrictions.

Reutilization

A. Number of Recipients of Reused Devices

Activity Number of Individuals Receiving a Device from Activity
A. Device Exchange 00
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 13
C. Total 13

Performance Measure
D. Device Exchange - Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Reassignment/Refurbishment and Repair and Open Ended Loans - Excluded from Performance Measure because AT is provided to or on behalf of an entity that has an obligation to provide the AT such as schools under IDEA or VR agencies/clients 00
F. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 13

If a number is reported in E you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

B. Device Exchange Activities

Device Exchange
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Exchanged Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Exchanged Savings to Consumers
Vision 00 $0 $0 $0
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 00 $0 $0 $0
Daily Living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 00 $0 $0 $0

C. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassignment and/or Open Ended Loan Activities

Device Reassign/Repair/Refurbish and/or OEL
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Reassigned/Refurbished and Repaired Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Sold Savings to Consumers
Vision 01 $300 $0 $300
Hearing 01 $200 $0 $200
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 10 $3,093 $0 $3,093
Daily Living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 01 $385 $0 $385
Total 13 $3,978 $0 $3,978

D. Anecdote

A social worker from a local hospital contacted GSAT in June to inquire on the availability of a lightweight wheelchair for a patient who had been discharged. Family members had previously contacted several durable medical equipment suppliers, however, the cost to purchase a new wheelchair and the difficultly in trying to arrange for installment payments were beyond what the family could afford, especially since medical bills posed an additional liability for them. Fortunately, GSAT had a donated wheelchair available. The social worker communicated this news to the patient who was relieved the device was available at no cost. The patient was now able to get to his appointments safely and his spouse, who is his primary caregiver, felt more at ease and confident in transporting him..

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 01 00 06 07
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 05 05
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 01 01
4. Subtotal 01 00 12 13
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 01 00 12 13
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 01 00 12 13
9. Performance on this measure 100% NaN% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 13 100%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 13
Response rate % 100%

G. Notes:

Device Loan

A. Short-Term Device Loans by Type of Purpose

Loans By Purpose
Primary Purpose of Short-Term Device Loan Number
Assist in decision-making (device trial or evaluation) 39
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 08
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 12
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 00
Total 59

B. Short-Term Device Loan by Type of Borrower

LOANS BY TYPE OF BORROWER
Type of Individual or Entity Number of Device Borrowers
Desicion-making All other Purposes Total
Individuals with Disabilities 17 10 27
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 09 10 19
Representative of Education 13 00 13
Representative of Employment 00 00 00
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 00 00 00
Representatives of Community Living 00 00 00
Representatives of Technology 00 00 00
Total 39 20 59

C. Length of Short-Term Device Loans

Length of Short-Term Device Loan in Days 30

D. Types of Devices Loaned

Types of Devices Loaned
Type of AT Device Number of Devices
Desicion-making All other Purposes Total
Vision 04 02 06
Hearing 01 00 01
Speech Communication 06 00 06
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 00 00
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 17 13 30
Daily Living 03 02 05
Environmental Adaptations 00 03 03
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 00 00 00
Computers and Related 06 00 06
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 03 00 03
Total 40 20 60

E. Anecdote

A previous user of the Braillenote Apex, Mary required advanced capabilities and functionality in order to meet the demands of her Masters Degree program which include opening large documents, converting files into various formats, access to websites and other resources. Mary reached out to GSAT to see if such a device was available. On August 13, 2021, GSAT demonstrated the Braillenote Touch 32 +. As she navigated through the various functions, she immediately noticed major design and functionality improvements with this updated unit. GSAT loaned the device for short-term accommodation as she pursued purchase options with a funding agency. In subsequent discussions, Mary shared that the upgraded device allowed her to gain access to a variety of functions that were previously unavailable to her. Notifications prompt her of an incoming message, even though the email application is close. Prompts have been extremely helpful in that she is notified if a site is safe to use, and also provides her with the comfort of knowing that a web page is loading and the time it takes to complete the process. Overall, the enhancements that come with the Braillenote Touch 32 + have enabled Mary to be more productive, effectively access online resources, and stay better connected to collaborate with professors, peers, and acquaintances. She is confident that she would complete her studies thus meeting her academic goals. Furthermore she is achieving the employment goal she set out for herself.