What’s disability to me?

The World Report on Disability is a major publication from the World Health Organization and World Bank, to be launched on 9 June 2011 in Geneva. The Report explores current evidence about disability, identifies needs, and highlights what works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in areas including health, rehabilitation, support, environments, education and employment. This Playlist will include the four World Report promotional films on the theme of “What’s disability to me?”, together with other films which share the human rights emphasis of our disability work. Video submissions from people with disabilities are welcome.

 

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Bridge The Gap

As therapists, we are well aware of the health disparities that exist in our country and the rest of the world. Poverty makes it doubly hard for children with special needs and their families to avail of rehabilitation services.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce BRIGHT START Children’s Special Services, a non-profit organization helping children with special needs from low-income families in Cebu City, Philippines.

Objectives:

To provide specialized intervention services and support to low income families who may need assistance in caring for a child with special needs. Children with special needs refer to children who have developmental delays or who have an established condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.

To support existing public and private institutions or organizations such as health centers, child day cares, schools, and orphanages in promoting early identification and intervention of children with developmental disabilities.

Projects and Activities:

Lecture on the importance of early intervention for children with special needs.

Occupational Therapy Screening

Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention

Supporting Other Non-profit Organizations

How You Can Help:

1. Share BRIGHT START Facebook page with your friends.

2. In-kind Donations:

The children with special needs and their families would appreciate pre-loved toys, books, and clothes.

We have collection centers in Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Austin (Texas), Los Angeles (California), and Canberra (Australia).

For those in Cebu, we would be glad to pick up your donations.

Please email us at brightstartcebu@gmail.com for more information.

3. Cash Donations:

We also accept cash donations for special projects and medical assistance for BRIGHT START patients (e.g. medicines and vitamins, doctor/specialist consultations, and laboratory fees).

Cash donations may be deposited to:
Banco De Oro Peso Checking Account # 7448-0000-20
Banco De Oro Dollar Savings Account # 7440-0012-03

Please email a copy of your deposit slip with your name and address to brightstartcebu@gmail.com so we can properly acknowledge your donation.

For those in Cebu, we would be glad to pick up your donations.

All cash donations are acknowledged with an official receipt.

Thank you for your support.

UST’s First National OT Day

When and Where
February 26, 2011
University of Santo Tomas

This whole day event will cover various activities including:

  • A fun run entitled “Otakbuhan: Tungo sa Kamalayan” to promote physical fitness among OTs and PWDs alike
  • Launching of the “Project MOVE:400 Pledges to Community Mobility” which is an advocacy campaign for community mobility among PWDs
  • “OTindahan” to promote PWDs right to livelihood by selling their handmade products
  • “ShOTs 2: Zooming in on OT Practice” to promote awareness of Occupational Therapy and PWD’s
  • “OTzibit” which is an exhibit consisting of different assistive devices created by participating OT students
  • A Variety Show/Concert entitled “OTanghalan”where talented OT community and PWDs showcase their skills and talents.

Source: Gerleen Razielle Sta. Maria

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