Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) and Save the Children in partnership with the Local Government Unit of the City of Taguig through Dr. Natividad Jimenez, Head of Early Childhood Care and Development, conducted a one day “Mass Intake and Assessment of Children with Disabilities” at Taguig City Hall Auditorium, Taguig City on September 10, 2014.
The activity aims to register all children with disabilities (CWDs) in the area and be assessed by medical specialists. Furthermore, it also aids the local government unit (city, municipal and barangay) to have their own database or masterlist of person with disabilities (PWDs) on their respective area.
Apart from having the list, the activity also tackled about the definition of disability, its models evolving from traditional to rights-based and the use of person first language.
“Ang disability po ay hindi sakit, ito po ay isang kondisyon na panghabang buhay. Huwag po nating gamitin ang salitang “normal” sa pagtawag po sa mga taong walang kapansanan dahil ito po ay mangangahulugang hindi po normal ang mga taong may kapansanan” (“Disability is not an illness but a lifetime condition. Let us not use the word ‘normal’ in describing people without disability because this would mean that PWDs are not normal”), said Ms. Marie Fe Cimafranca, LCDPFI Project Officer of Inclusive Education.
Ms. Cimafranca also reiterated the importance and benefits of having a PWD Identification card. A PWD registration area was put up at the end of the formal assessment for those who have not yet owned a PWD ID.
Three (3) specialists were present during the mass intake: Dr. Peter Francis Raguindin, a University Researcher – Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines Manila and Faculty at Section of Medical Physiology, San Beda College of Medicine and General Pediatrics, Topnotch Medical Board Prep; Dr. Ferdiliza Dandah S. Garcia, a registered Speech Pathologist and a senior lecturer and CAMP CBR Training Coordinator at University of the Philippines – Manila; and Dr. Elaine Marie Reyes – Madamba, Head of Learning Unit VII of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, College of Medicine.
Ms. Lourdes Reyes, LCDPFI Chairman also graced the closing program and gave her inspirational message.
The activity successfully evaluated eighty-nine (89) CWDs from fifteen (15) barangays in Taguig through the close coordination of the two organizations, its volunteers and the local government officials of the city.