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Turning Three!

In its third year, The PWD Forum has continued advocating for the integration of special education to the basic and secondary curriculum of the schools in the Philippines.

It has done so by reporting about how “PWD-friendly” some countries are by discussing the legislations each has in governing its citizens with disabilities (Israel, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Bahamas).

It has also shared the stories of the persons with disabilities from the said countries who didn’t let their disabilities stop them (Mohamed Dalo, Jiří Ježek, Martin Kovář, Běla Hlaváčková, Petra KurkováTownsely Roberts, Gary Russell).

The PWD Forum has enumerated the organizations present in the same countries and described how each has been doing what they can for the PWDs in their midst1 2 3 4. It has listed the disabilities recognized in the world today; discussed which of these is common in Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Bahamas; and introduced a first-of-its-kind summit that happened last February 22-24, 2017.

The PWD Forum still believes in integrating special education to the basic and secondary curriculum of the schools in the Philippines. It would help the country’s economy if almost all of its citizens are skilled and qualified to meet the labor demands of globalization. And since its population is ageing, everyone is very much needed on the labor market. PWDs should then be given chances to contribute to its welfare.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.” ~ Jim Jeffords

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Lei Pico

1Those in Israel: https://thepwdforum.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/help-in-israel/

2Those in Netherlands: https://thepwdforum.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/help-in-netherlands/

3Those in Czech Republic: https://thepwdforum.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/help-in-czech-republic/

4Those in Bahamas: https://thepwdforum.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/help-in-bahamas/



Help in Israel

Three kinds of organizations for PWDs [persons with disabilities] abound in Israel: for those with developmental disability, for those with mental disabilities, and for those with physical disabilities.

Providing services to children and adults with developmental disorders are the National Association for the Habilitation of Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (AKIM), Beit Issie Shapiro, Chimesis, Sulam, Aleh, The Israeli Society for Autistic Children (ALUT),  Association Asperger—Israel (EPI), Beit Eckstein, Yated, and Kol Koreh.

Those with mental disabilities, on the other hand, can go to the Israel Association for the Disabled (Etgarim), The Israeli Mental Health Association (Enosh), Kfar Rafael, Ohr Le Nefesh, Somer, Seeach Sod, Association for the Advancement of learning Disabled Students in Higher Education (LESHEM),  and The Israeli Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (Nitzan).

Physically disabled Israelites also have organizations to go to depending on their impairments. Those visually impaired can go to the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI), Multi-Service for the Blind (Mercaz Rav Sherutim L’Eiver),  and Variety.

Conversely, the deaf in this country can find belongingness at the Association of the Deaf in Israel (ADI), Organization of Hard of Hearing People in Israel (Bekol),  Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel, Society for the Education of Deaf Children in Haifa and Northern Israel (Micha), and Shema.

Likewise, physically impaired Israelites suffering from diseases that affect the muscles and nerves such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases can seek refuge in Israel’s Foundation for Handicapped Children (ILAN).

Of all the centers that could alleviate the plight of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Israel though, The PWD Forum found out 13 more organizations that care for the overall well-being of the PWDs in the country. The Association for the Quality of Life for Individuals with Special Needs (ACHLA), for one, runs the HEYANUT Center, the country’s only holistic center that provides comprehensive support for individuals with complex special needs.

Although officially registered as a pediatric and rehabilitation facility, the ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital is nonprofit, treating children who have been injured in road accidents and terror attacks, children suffering from congenital conditions, and children suffering from physical limitations due to various illnesses.

Parents of PWDs or children of PWDs in Israel are guided through these organizations: BeineinuJerusalem Special Education Center, Kesher, Shalva, and Yad Sarah.

Integration to the Jewish community has also been at the top of the minds of the people behind Avoda Negisha, Israel Elwyn, Center for Independent Living, MILBAT, Shekel, and Yachad.

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” Margaret Meade

Video from the YouTube Channel of ALEH ISRAEL


In Israel, persons with disabilities (PWDs) are given “financial’ importance.

They are treated as “work disabled persons” since their earning capacity was reduced due to a work-related injury. They are “paid” every 28th of the month through their respective bank accounts or to the kibbutz or cooperative moshav. The maximum work disability pension per month is NIS 32,8391, and would change every January 1st of the succeeding year in accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Israel has also established a commission—the Laron Committee—to “examine the integration of disabled people into the job market. And through its recommendations, the National Insurance Law was amended! Among of the points had been about the overall amount received from working and from pension vis-à-vis the amount received from pension alone: income shall increase the more a PWD earns from working. In case the PWD has to stop from working, though, the latter will still receive the disability pension as he or she did before without additional examinations.

Anyone receiving a general disability pension, attendance allowance, benefit for disabled child, mobility allowance, compensation for victims of ringworm, or compensation to polio victims from the National Insurance Institute (NII) is entitled to receive a “disability card.” It can be issued according to the PWD’s language preference—in either Hebrew or English—and can be used for seven years.

The NII will also be the one to determine the degree of disability of a PWD. For instance, if the doctor established an impairment involving the back and an impairment involving the leg, 20% will be allotted   for the back impairment while 8% for the leg impairment for a total of 28%.

“When speaking of disabilities, the blind and their needs are most often used as an example. It is deceivingly simplistic since accessibility is something most of the population can benefit from.” ~ Marcus Österberg

1 As of Jan 01, 2014

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of ערוץ של נציבות שוויון זכויות לאנשים עם מוגבלות

Victims of Love

I wouldn’t pretend that I know much about the wars going on in the world today.

I do understand, however, that two disabled women were killed and four were wounded when some Israeli rockets hit a center for the handicapped in northern Gaza on this day last week.

There are also people currently getting maimed and permanently disabled almost every hour in Syria, too. They need mobility devices (e.g. tricycles, artificial limbs, corset, etc.) to facilitate their physical mobility.

In Afghanistan last year, there were 800,000 PWDs left with limited access to health facilities after their war against America. About 70% of them were over 15 years old and unemployed, while 73% were over six years old and illiterate.

The world has dealt with these ‘challenges,’ particularly in Syria. Still, much needs to be done. Why can’t we stop becoming victims of love here?

“Equality is rooted not merely on charity or accommodation, but on justice for all.” ~ Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban of the Philippines