Deaf Youth At Work

Angelique Vizorro is one of the Manila Young Voices members. She is a computer college graduate of STI College located in Fairvew. She is a deaf. Despite on her disability she did not think it as a hindrance of her daily activities.

She recalls that she went to Banawe to apply for the National Youth Commission (NYC’s) Government Internship Program, which is a summer training-cum-employment program for high school and college students as well as out-of-school, unemployed youth.

Her work was primarily data encoding, but she was also doing some photocopying, scanning documents, filing documents such as recorded applications for leave, certificates of appearance, official business trips, among others.

Angelique said “I found the work as tiring yet fulfilling. I had opportunity to develop my personality by attending various seminars on good citizenship, youth service volunteerism, work ethics & professionalism, and an orientation on basic labor rights. I had so much fun at work, and I enjoyed talking and communicating with my colleagues. I had happy moments at NYC”.

Angelique taught her colleagues Alphabet Sign Language, so that they would learn how to communicate with her through finger spelling.