DepEd Pushes Intellectual Disability Week



MANILA, Philippines - In line with its efforts to include every learner in school whether they are able or differently-abled, the Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging officials in public elementary and secondary schools to conduct activities to support the weeklong celebration of National Intellectual Disability Week.

With the theme "Developing Survival Skills Among Children with Intellectual Disabilities, the celebration- which runs from February 13 to 19 - is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1485 entitled "National Mental Retardation Week" and part of the observance of the Philippine Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2003-2012) as outlined in Presidential Proclamation No. 240.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, through DepEd Memorandum No. 14 series of 2012, released to all bureau and regional directors, schools division / city superintendents and heads of public elementary and secondary schools, encouraged all school officials especially those with Special Education (SPED) programs to conduct activities to support the celebration.

"We encourage institutionalizing day camp activities for children with intellectual disability for the development of skills towards survival and coping mechanisms of the present times," Luistro said in his memo.

Other suggested activities include conducting advocacy campaign in radio, television, and print media featuring children and youth with intellectual disability as child advocates; conducting dialogues with parents, service providers, and stakeholders relevant to the theme of the celebration; and conducting regional/division-wide trainings/conferences for parents, school administrators, and other government and non-government organizations (NGOs), and service providers to improve and enhance the quality of existing collaboration.

"We also encourage holding cultural shows, sports fest, photo and work exhibits, film showing featuring the latest educational interventions and other activities which will showcase the potential capabilities and youth with intellectual disabilities," Luistro said.

However, he reminded school officials that "all activities to be undertaken should not disrupt regular classes nor compromise their supervision." He added that "all activities that are community-based should be conducted during Saturdays and Sundays of the week."

Luistro said the DepEd National Capital Region (NCR) in coordination with the Special Education (SPED) Unit, Elementary Education Division (EED), SPED-BEE, the Philippine Association for the Retarded (PAR), Jaycees Capitol, Inc. (JCI)-Quezon City, Manila Water (MW) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will also sponsor the Annual Camp Pag-Ibig at Balara Filter Plant, Quezon City on February 18-19.


Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States. …

  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Mitsubishi reaches out to far-flung Batad community
    Mitsubishi reaches out to far-flung Batad community

    A “Dadbod” is a newly coined term now trending in media. It was introduced to the world by Clemson University sophomore Mackenzie Pearson as she refers to any man—father or bachelor—with a physique that’s a “nice balance between a beer gut and working out.” “It’s more human, natural, and attractive,” she adds. For this writer, […] The post Mitsubishi reaches out to far-flung Batad community appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • A weekend of premium cars
    A weekend of premium cars

    Good news to all luxury car fanatics as PGA Cars, the exclusive importer and distributor of Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley cars in the country, will be holding the PGA Cars Premium Festival from May 29 to May 31 at the PGA Center in Global City in Taguig. The 3-day event will showcase PGA’s latest […] The post A weekend of premium cars appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • APEC ministers to endorse Boracay Action Agenda
    APEC ministers to endorse Boracay Action Agenda

    Trade ministers at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Boracay, Aklan agreed yesterday to endorse the proposed Boracay Action Agenda to the member countries’ leaders, presenting opportunities for global trade for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In a press conference following the conclusion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, who also served as chairman, said ministers agreed to recommend the adoption of the …

  • Talks with China over sea row urged
    Talks with China over sea row urged

    The Philippines should engage China in bilateral talks in its efforts to maintain peace and order at the disputed West Philippine Sea, Sen. Francis Escudero said yesterday. Escudero supports the government’s move to bring the issue before international arbitration but also stressed the need for the Philippines to pursue talks with China. Escudero made the statement after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea. …

  • House panel tackles bill on regular disaster drills
    House panel tackles bill on regular disaster drills

    The House committee on national defense is deliberating on a measure mandating the regular conduct of disaster risk reduction drills in educational institutions nationwide. Authored by Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., the bill mandates that risk reduction drills be held annually in all educational institutions throughout the country in coordination with the schools’ respective local government units. “The Philippines’ location along the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options