SUPPORT FOR THE HANDICAPPED AND THEIR REHABILITATION THROUGH EDUCATION (SHARE)

 

History

Support for the Handicapped and their Rehabilitation through Education (SHARE) is a special program of the Elementary Department that caters to the need for education of handicapped children and youth. It is the first and only program of its kind in Central Luzon.

The program was initiated by the then University President Gloria D. Lacson envisioned as part of the mission of Wesleyan – an expression of the love and concern for less fortunate Filipino children. It started as a short-term course offered by the Communication and Study Center.

The program started on April 18, 1983 after the completion of the initial training for teachers and auxiliary/support staff. The initial training was on basic sign language for three special teachers, two social workers, two nurses and an agency head, with a practicing student teacher who was a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Association for the Deaf, Inc. (PAD), a special school for the hearing impaired in Makati City. The curriculum was developed and accredited by PAD.

The initial pupils were five deaf and mute children aged 5 to 22 who attended Basic Sign Language integrated with elementary lessons.

After a year, the core content of the special education curriculum was fully accredited in 1985 by PAD and the Department of Education and Culture under the PRODED program.

SHARE classes are held in a two-storey building donated by Netherlands Comite voor Kinderpostgezels in 1987.

 

Integral parts of the program are:

  1. Medical and dental health services provided to pupils and their families through periodic check-up and referral to hospital for hearing test, treatment, operation, hospitalization and other related services.
  2. Casework, guidance and counseling services provided to pupils and their families about family planning, family problems and issues, education, career and spiritual awakening.
  3. Interpreting services provided to parents, guardians/relatives with basic sign language lessons to improve communication skills during school days or summer period.
  4. Family life-services which include counselling and home visits, and seminars, symposia and conferences.
  5. Scholarship and sponsoring services to provide technical assistance to pupils to avail themselves of both human and material resources, particularly assistance of civic-minded persons or organizations to sponsor indigent hearing-impaired pupils on tuition and other school fees.
  6. Facilities and equipment provided by the University which include annual audio testing and speech clinic for Speech and Auditory Training of the pupils and other school facilities.


Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide opportunity to hearing-impaired children and youth to develop understanding of themselves and the environment;
  2. To develop in the pupil an awareness of his/her role as a member of the family and a citizen of the Republic, and motivate him/her to perform his/her functions;
  3. To assist in the integration of hearing-impaired children and youth in formal education;
  4. To provide a series of short-term courses on special communication skills to parents/guardians to help them establish a communication medium; and
  5. To meet the needs and demands of today’s challenges, specifically on the handicapped.

 

Enrolling in the SHARE program

Hearing-impaired children and youth interested to enhance their potentials are welcome to the program.

Screening is done on prospective pupils through tests and interviews.

Interviews are also done with parents and guardians to gather information on the history of the impairment, children’s abilities and usual activities.

To qualify for enrolment, the child should:

  • Be at least five to six years old for Kindergarten
  • Be seven years old or above for Grade I
  • Submit original copy of the birth certificate
  • Accomplish the enrolment form
  • Undergo an interview conducted by the teacher((s)

 

For details contact:

Office of the Principal
Elementary Department
Telephone Number 463-2074 local 110 or 120

Lily Abiog
SHARE Coordinator
Telephone Number 463-2074 local 110 or 120

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