The Archdiocese of Manila able to conduct the PWD Day 2018 at Don Bosco Technical Institute last December 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM until 3:00PM in the afternoon. This is an annual archdiocesan event in observance of the Catholic Persons with Disability Day which aims to gather Sped students and persons with disabilities in the parishes to build friendship and experience the joyous spirit of Christmas.
This event was participated by the schools, institutions, the Archdiocese and other parishes to celebrate the theme of “AKAY”. The Center for Excellence in Special Education ( Stepping Stone) Foundation, Inc. was invited to join this event which was attended by eight (8) students, eight (8) parents and two (2) teachers.
The following students who joined this event were: Eunice Margaret Dapito, Sao Paulo Brazal, Liam Zandler Borbon, Jenaver Elaisha Ricamata, Maverick Pacit, Nathan Dacuno, Atasha Loraine Sison and John Bryan Camila together with their teachers, Teacher March of Early Intervention and Teacher Rosalia of Teen Adults.
The event starts with registration, followed by the group pictures. Participants able to warm up by dance exercise together with the clown animators. The program started with Holy Mass followed by a showcase of talents such as singing and dancing to entertain the crowd.
Performers were also persons with disability, showing that a disability does not stop you from achieving something meaningful. There was also a raffle draw for the participants where five (5) out of the eight (8) students of Stepping Stone won.
Atasha won a desk fan, Maverick an electric water heater, Sao Paulo 5 kilos of rice, Liam Zandler a grocery pack, Jenaver Elaisha Ricamata won food glass container.
The most awaited part of the program was the magical show where both kids and the adults enjoyed tremendously.
Aside from the program, legal services such as consultations with an attorney and other legal adviser, renewal of NBI, SSS, Philhealth were also made available A photo booth, children’s activity area with lots of children’s arts and crafts for face painting, drawing using pastel, kiddie tattoos, gem designs was also set up.
Medical services such as free check-up and medicines, free eye check-up and free eyeglasses, dental services for tooth extractions, cleaning or filling and reflexology were also available.
Free food and snacks was also distributed to the participants. They also had ice cream, taho, arrozcaldo and cotton candy that really delighted the participants. The organizers also distributed some gifts such as portable mini fans, pair of sleepers and a box of biscuits which was shared by everyone.
Everyone enjoyed the activities allowing everyone to share some experiences that will contribute to their well-being with the support of their parents, guardians and the community.
In this way, everyone including persons with disabilities felt that they are welcome and supported by the people around them.