Philippines celebrate Deaf Awareness Week 2008

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Today marks the opening of annual Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) Celebration. This year’s theme: “Ano DAW? Deaf Ako, Walang Hadlang!” (What? I’m Deaf, No barriers!).

The different members of the Metro Manila Federation of Agencies for the Deaf (MMFAD) — a 35-member organization composed of public and private schools for the deaf, and government and welfare agencies — will come together for one of the country’s biggest events for deaf people. The celebration will run from November 9 to 15. This year’s host is Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, now named MC-SAID after Miriam College formally took over the administration of the school in 2006.

The celebration opens with an advocacy run on November 9, starting from the Quezon City Memorial Circle to the grounds of Miriam College, where day-long activities will be held. The advocacy run will be simultaneous with that of Cebu’s and other provinces around the country which will also open their local DAW celebration. There will be sports and fun games, and a fashion show with both deaf and hearing participants.

Aside from that, there will be an exhibit of Deaf products at SM North EDSA, free sign language class at Philippine School for the Deaf, free group speech therapy class at Philippine Institute for the Deaf and free hearing test which will be held at the same time in University of Sto. Tomas, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and SM Manila. Signed mass will be held in different parishes in the Diocese of Manila, Cubao and Novaliches in Quezon City. Ultimately, the goal of these activities is to demonstrate that a barrier only exists between the worlds of the deaf and the hearing if we allow it to.

Ms. Carol Ui, MC-SAID’s Principal and overall event organizer said,

This is an event where we want to encourage hearing individuals to join because this is for them to understand deaf people more. We’d like to put the message across that, look, this disability is not a problem.

In Proclamation No. 889, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino declared November 10 – 16 of every year as Deaf Awareness Week. To know more about the event, please download this PDF file, contact MC-SAID at (632)925-7257 or mobile 0917-8970712 or visit this related withnews article.

Congratulations to all my deaf brothers and sisters in the Philippines! May your “voice” be heard! 🙂

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