Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) and Save the Children International (SCI) in coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) headed by Ms. Gloria Tapales and full support of Pateros Elementary School Principal Irma San Pedro, organized a “Mass Intake and Assessment of Children with Disabilities” at Gabaldon Hall of Pateros Elementary School on September 23, 2014.
The activity aims to register children with disabilities (CWDs) within Pateros area and be assessed by medical specialists. Moreover, the event will allow the local government unit (city, municipal and barangay) to update their list of person with disabilities (PWDs) on the area.
Ms. Marie Fe Cimafranca, LCDPFI Project Officer of Inclusive Education gave and orientation where she discussed the description of disability, its disability model and significance of the person first language. The said discussion aims to spread awareness about the condition to the parents and guardians of the CWDs.
One parent asked if disability can be inherited.
“Yes it can be inherited. Maari po tong mapasa sa ating mga anak o di kaya sa proseso ng panganganak natin ay hindi maganda o di kaya tayo ay nagkasakit ng ipinagbubuntis natin. Pero minsan po, ang cause nito ay OGK o Only God Knows”(It can be passed through the wrong process during labor or we got sick when we were pregnant. But for some, the reason could be OGK or Only God Knows), said Ms. Cimafranca.
After the formal assessment, CWDs without PWD Identification card yet were encourage to proceed to the registration area to get a PWD application form. Those with the card can enjoy the privilege and discounts that comes with it.
Only one specialist evaluated the CWDs during the program: Dr. Elaine Marie Reyes – Madamba, Head, Learning Unit VII of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, College of Medicine.