Sunday, October 27, 2013

Post Secondary Education for the Deaf

This is my son Carl Patrick, Currently in Pre-school and studying at Special Children Education Institution in Pasig City.
Last night, I've seen the news about a Deaf and Mute college student who was able to graduate with honors despite challenges. As a mom of a hearing impaired kid, I was amazed and inspired at the same time, hopeful that someday my kid will be like that student, living life normally notwithstanding his disability, conquering his limitations, and being able to bring out the best in him. Other people look at the disability like it's a burden or an obstacle, like the person can do nothing about it and ends up being dependent requiring full care and attention. But no, not my son, I can see his independence at an early age. I can see the things that he can do. He can do things that normal 6-year-old kids can do. He can communicate (through sign language and gestures) to others, even to the hearing kids (given that the kids are not mean and won't mock him). As early as now, I'm already rounding up the schools that offers vocational or 2 year courses, and 4-year degree courses to hearing impaired students.

1. CAP College School for the Deaf - Established in 1989 and is the first college school for the deaf in Manila. The mode of instruction is the traditional system of instruction. Total Communication is the medium of instruction. You can contact the school here for more details. The courses they offer are:
  • Associate in Arts in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management, Marketing or Entrepreneurship
2. The Philippine School for the Deaf - Founded in 1907 by Dr. David P. Barrows, the Director of Education in the Philippines, and Delia Delight Rice, a teacher for the deaf with immense experience in special education, and daughter of deaf parents in Columbus, Ohio. The school is located at 2620 FB Harrison, Pasay City, Metro Manila or you can call 5100252. The school offers:
  • Pre-elementary education
  • Early Childhood Education (5 to 6 years old)
  • Preparatory (pre-requisite to grade 1)
  • Literacy Class
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Transition education
  • Vocational program
  • Apprenticeship program
3. Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf - Founded in October 1993 by two young computer professionals, one hearing and one deaf, who dreamed of providing education for hearing impaired persons through the use of computers which is apt for them since it require minimal supervision and communication skills. The school is situated at Purok Dos Sitio Buntung Palay, Barangay Silangan Road,Bgy. Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal, 1825 or contact them here. The Courses they offer are:
  • DIPLOMA IN ARTS AND COMPUTER DESIGN TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEAF (DACDT)
  • DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEAF (DBT)
  • FIVE-MONTH COMPUTER SOFTWARE OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY COURSE (CSOT)
4. De La Salle College of Saint Benilde - Established in 1980 by Br. Andrew Gonzales FSC as College of Career Development, a night school for the working students of De La Salle University. It was renamed after Saint Bénilde Romançon, a Christian Brother 1988, and became autonomous in 1994. The School Offers Deaf Learners’ Preparatory Course, a two-trimester program to evaluate the deaf individual for readiness for college before advancing to the Applied Deaf Studies Program. The Applied Deaf Studies Program specializes in computer graphics and entrepreneurship. The School is located at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate Manila, or contact them here.

If you wish to watch the story of the deaf college student, you can watch it here.

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