Marching for Filipino PWDs

Even with their limited physical conditions, two persons with disabilities have still tried to let other persons with disabilities live better.

Michael Schreiner, the former head coach of the Thailand National Wheelchair Basketball Team, has headed a sports clinic for 35 PWDS. He used to be an athlete himself when he got into an accident that disabled the lower part of his body. Schreiner has conducted the sports clinic with John Paul Maunes, executive officer of the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) Inc.

Born with visual impairment, Amalia Decena has advocated for free medical care and treatment to PWDs. She has thought of this upon experiencing a “deprivation” herself: her impairment was only discovered when she was already four years old because her family was not able to bring her to the hospital. Today, she has partnered with the Tahanang Walang Hagdan and the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation to give free operations on the cataract, cleft palate, and club foot. Prostheses devices, canes, and wheelchairs were also distributed for free.

In the meantime, two non-PWDs have expressed support for those with disabilities through adapting the plan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Office of Civil Defense. Benito Bengzon Jr., undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning of the Department of Tourism (DOT), has pledged to develop infrastructures for a barrier-free travel experience in the Philippines; while Andrew Alex Uy, regional director in the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera (OCDCAR), has conducted a one-day training on disaster preparedness for the PWDs in Buguias, Bokod, Atok, Kabayan, La Trinidad, Tuba, Tublay, Mankayan, and Itogon.

Disability does not mean inability.” ~ Andrew Alex Uy

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of clnsnts

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