The Special Places: Organizations That Support People With Special Needs
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, June 08, 2019 12:03am
Art by Ahl Mirambel
About 15% of the world’s population is made up of people with a form of disability (physical or mental) according to a World Health Organization report. And these disabilities could be a major participation barrier—people with special needs are left out in many everyday things such as social gatherings and work opportunities.
The differently-abled deserves an inclusive environment—one that treats them the same as those we deem “normal”. As we strive for equality, there are certain organizations who are already taking steps forward and aim to make differently-abled people become more self-reliant individuals. Here are some of the foundations and organizations in Manila that gives a message of hope for everyone who has disabilities.
Miss Possibilities advocates for social awareness of people with special needs. It is an organization founded by a mom whose child was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. They organize a pageant (which is called Miss Possibilities) for girls from 12 and up and a fashion show as two of their major events every year—both to empower differently-abled people.
If you want to volunteer and donate, you can reach Miss Possibilities at 09177150494 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit them on Facebook or Instagram account.
Heart at Play
“No child should be left behind” is what Heart at Play strives for. As their own way of empowering the special needs community, this non-profit organization provides free Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), a program which involves dance exercises with tools like ropes, rings, and puzzle mats for a person’s holistic healing.
If you want to get involved, visit their website and be one of their volunteers. They also accept donations, whether in cash or in-kind.
Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc. (LCDPFI)
Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc.’s (LCDPFI) main objective is to promote and protect the rights of those with disability in accordance with United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and Philippines’ Magna Carta for persons with disabilities. Their main goals are to provide PWDs with inclusive education, economic empowerment, and access to livelihood.
If you want to support LCDPFI causes, contact them at email@example.com or call (+63 2) 374-8889.
As a family-centered facility, CereCare Foundation is a home that gives special children hope and future. They offer rehabilitation services like Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology. They also have psychological services for those coping with depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and lack of self-esteem.
CereCare Foundation invites you to be a “godparent” to help special children financially. If it touches your heart to help, check out their website for more information.
Chosen Children Foundation
Chosen Children Foundation founder Maria Angeles “Lita” Peypoch Fullerton believes every child—with a disability (physical, mental or social) or none—deserves to be loved and cared for. This foundation nurtures every special individual to become productive members of society through providing education and pre-vocational training. But in order for the Chosen Children Foundation to continue their advocacies, they also need help.
Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines
When parents first learn their child has Down Syndrome, The Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines believes the initial feeling is guilt, anger, or dread. The organization aims to help parents change those negative feelings into a positive attitude. To help parents and their children, they conduct early intervention seminars and other similar talks. If you want to be a member or know more about the organization, contact them at (02) 895 9642 or visit their Facebook page.
A Child Can Foundation
A mom of a child diagnosed with autism is the founder of A Child Can Foundation. When she collaborated with different specialists and experts to find the best intervention for her child, she shared her discoveries so other children with autism can reach their greatest potential, too. The foundation provides intervention to children who have developmental and language and speech delays.
If you want to know more about A Child Can Foundation, call them at 892-2486 or 892-1191 or visit them on Facebook.
An individual’s disability does not make them less of a person—let’s not define them by their incapabilities. Instead, let’s work together in creating safe spaces for every individual. Let’s create awareness and build a culture of support towards PWDs—for everyone has the right to live in a safe, inclusive environment.