Amidst insufficient training and funding, four persons with disabilities in the Philippines bagged several medals during the Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities on this day last year.
They were Janna Nadine Tan from the Miriam College Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf; Adrion Peter Palacpac from Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School; Nathaniel Edward Quing Dimalanta from the Philippine School for the Deaf; and Mark Christian Dipatuan Evangelista from the Philippine National School for the Blind.
They were tested then on how to utilize information and communications teachnology–particularly the Internet Explorer, MS Office, and Scratch Programs–in solving problems.
Tan was awarded a gold medal then, a Certificate of Achievement and a cash award in the e-Tool challenge; and a silver medal, a Certificate of Achievement and a cash award in the e-Life challenge under the Hearing Category.
Adrion Peter Palacpac, on the other hand, was awarded a gold medal, a Certificate of Achievement, and a cash award in the e-Life challenge; and a silver medal, a Certificate of Achievement and a cash award in the e-Tool challenge under the developmental/learning disability category. He was also conferred–for the first time in the history of the IT Global Challenge event–the IT Global Leader/MVP for the year 2017.
The 2017 GITC for Youth with Disabilities was held at the Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam and participated in by 16 other countries broken into 25 teams.
It seeks to set the ICT agenda for participating countries to boost international cooperation and exchange for accessibility in addition to providing leverage information and social participation.
“Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have the potential for making significant improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities, allowing them to enhance their social, cultural, political and economic integration in communities by enlarging the scope of activities available to them.” ~UNESCO
Video taken from the YouTube Channel of AccessForAlleu