Special Training for Disabled children.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Special Training for Disabled children.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)


BASED on special education data from the Department of Education (DepEd), children with disabilities make up more than 130,000 of the 11.5 million children enrolled in the last school year, one fourth of whom are in the National Capital Region. Access to education, health, and employment opportunities for disabled people is very limited, especially for those living in the rural areas.

As in many other countries, the disabled in the Philippines are often socially and economically marginalized; they are often seen as a burden to the family and are often abandoned to fend for themselves. Some turn to begging, others become reclusive and angry. But like the rest of normal society, the disabled would like to be economic contributors to their families and society.

In the furtherance of the cause to encourage the disabled to become valuable assets to society, innovative methods have been developed by the DepEd which will allow a disabled child to enroll in an elementary school near his community and for their teachers to visit the child at home to assist in their education. Disabled people's access to mainstream training opportunities has now become possible under this program for the disabled youth, a schedule which will soon be extended to children with disabilities in far flung provinces of the islands. …

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