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Filipino PWDs in ICT

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

Disability in Filipino women

For one school of thought, women with disabilities face “double discrimination” because of their gender and disability. Another see it as a “triple discrimination” since women with disabilities also have to live in poverty as a result of inequality in hiring, promotion rates and pay for equal work.

In the Philippines, in particular, women with disabilities are more likely to be institutionalized. They experience difficulty in attaining access to adequate housing, health, education, vocational training and employment. There were conventions—the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the General Assembly resolution 63/150 of 18 December 2008, the Beijing Platform for Action, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to name a few—that ensure their rights and urges states to pay special attention to their needs but it hadn’t been enough.

Among of the disabilities common in Filipino women are poliomyelitis, blindness, and deafness.

Poliomyelitis—or simply polio—is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It can lead to paralysis and debilitate a person’s brain and spinal cord. It didn’t dishearten Gracia Cielo “Grace” Magno Padaca, though. She has become the governor of Isabela since 2004 and has received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 2008.

A lack of vision brought about by a severe reaction to over-the-counter medications affected the eyesight of Roselle Rodriguez Ambubuyog when she was six years old. Despite her blindness, Roselle graduated with the highest honors from the Holy Infant Montessori in 1986, Batino Elementary School in 1993, Ramon Magsaysay High School-Manila in 1997, and Ateneo de Manila University in 2001. She is currently an access technology specialist working for software and hardware companies in Europe and North America while here in the Philippines.

Deafness is the complete inability to hear sound. Its only method of treatment is a hearing aid, a device worn in the ear that amplifies the volume of sound electronically. It’s what had afflicted Ana Kristina Arce when she was born, a class valedictorian at the Philippine School for the Deaf, a magna cum laude at the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde (CSB), and a degree holder at the Gallaudet University. She is currently the graphic artist in CSB.

Also deaf, Gilda Nakahara uses pen, paper, and the Filipino Sign Language to run the Nakahara Lodging and Travel Agency, a travel and tour business primarily for deaf people around the world. She has been recognized at the Go Negosyo Caravan for People with Disabilities in De Salle –College of St. Benilde in 2007 and has helped establish a deaf organization in  Eastern Samar.

“Everyone experiences disabilities one way or another; mine is just more obvious than yours. We are all fortunate to have loved ones, who help us bear the burdens brought about by our weaknesses. We may find ourselves in the dark, but we should not be afraid to move forward, because we have the light of our stars to count on, and to be thankful for.” ~ Roselle Rodriguez Ambubuyog

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Osmosis

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Molly Burke

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Deaf-mute beauty

A deaf-mute was just crowned a nationwide beauty!

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the Megastar Productions

She is Princess Alanis Pura, an 18-year-old deaf-mute who had studied at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City. She has competed against 23 other candidates to be the Queen of the Philippines 2014, and would represent the country in the Face of Beauty International in Taichung, Taiwan on October 6 this year!

Not a veteran of beauty pageants, Pura was assisted by a sign language interpreter all throughout the competition. The pageant was reported to be produced and staged by the Megastar Productions held at the Subic Bay Yacht Club in the Subic Bay Free Zone last August 1.

But, as Norman’s Blog pointed out, Pura’s winning is ‘a good publicity angle for the contest.’ That shouldn’t be true so that Pura can very well claim to be country’s first deaf representative to an international beauty competition.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ~ The Little Prince, 1943