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Forgotten priority: PWDs still waiting for cash aid from Duterte gov't

May 15, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Months after the Duterte government launched its cash aid program, there are still persons with disabilities – the target priorities for the program – who have yet to receive a peso

'Walang konsiderasyon': Despite illness, PWD made to claim subsidy at DSWD office

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Roy Moral, who struggles to walk without feeling immense pain, shares how he had to be wheeled to the local DSWD office in a stretcher just so he could receive his emergency subsidy

STRUGGLE. Roy Moral, a person with disability, recounted his experience of having to be wheeled to the local DSWD office just to receive aid. Screenshots from Roy Moral's Facebook post

Meet Jollibee's senior and differently-abled service crew

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:16 AM

You may find them working at company-owned branches of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Burger King, and Red Ribbon in Manila and Pasay

Manila requires fast food restaurants to hire seniors, PWDs

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Under the ordinance, senior citizens, differently-abled persons, and PWDs 'will not be assigned tasks that are hazardous to their health or beyond their physical limitations or capabilities'

NO WORK ON HOLY WEDNESDAY. Manila city government offices will be closed beginning April 1, Holy Wednesday.

[OPINION] A life of surrender: Living with interstitial lung disease

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'I am mentally and emotionally driven to keep going after small and big wins'

Organizations, businesses collaborate for PWD inclusivity in the workplace

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Philippine Business and Disability Network works towards more inclusive and barrier-free workplaces for Persons with Disability

ACCEPTANCE. AccessiWheels founder Miggy Bautista shares his PWD journey during the Philippine Business and Disability Network launch on January 28. Photo courtesy of Project Inclusion Network

Breaking waves: PWD rules skimboarding in Surf in the City

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Despite having speech and movement difficulties, Jesus Lawrence Quitorio shows he is beyond his disability

SURF FRIENDS. Jesus Lawrence Quitorio (left) and Junder Baser set their eyes on more skimboarding competitions. Photo by David Lozada


[OPINION] Life with Noonan syndrome: If others can, then why can't I?

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

I have imperfections, but that doesn't mean I can't make my life meaningful

[OPINION] From physical therapist to PWD: How one father dealt with dermatomyositis

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'The tides had changed. From being a physical therapist, I was now the patient who had to be lifted from bed.'

[OPINION] Rejection is the norm for PWDs, especially in the job market

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'Over and over I’d hear lines of rejection from one employer after another. I was rejected not once, not twice, but more than 30 times!'

[OPINION] Muscles shrinking, hope expanding: A life of physical paralysis

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'I know that in our little way we can still do something, that we can have jobs and earn a living, but for a time I only believed this to be a dream'

[OPINION] Seeing the good in me: My achievements as a deaf man

Dec 04, 2019 - 1:28 PM

When I was a child, I enjoyed listening to beautiful melodies – I loved this so very much. So when I became deaf at 8 years old, I didn't want to accept it. It was difficult.

[OPINION] My life as a completely blind Filipino entrepreneur and tech developer

Dec 03, 2019 - 1:25 PM

When Marx was a 23-year-old UP student, he was gunned down by a stranger, an attack that left him completely blind. Years later, he is a tech entrepreneur making bold solutions for fellow blind Filipinos.

[OPINION] What it's like to live with hearing loss

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:44 AM

We don’t want to be laughed at just because we misheard a conversation. You give us respect, and respect will be earned.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: VAT exemptions, discounts for PWDs

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the discounts available to persons with disabilities and which items are exempt from value-added tax

Isko Moreno, fast food chains sign pact to employ seniors, PWDs

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Greenwich commit to employ 2 senior citizens and one person with disability for each of their branches in Manila

MORE SENIORS. Jollibee and other fast food chains commit to employing more senior citizens in Manila. Rappler file photo

Not disabled, but differently abled

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:46 AM

This cafe's strongest asset is the people other companies are too scared to hire

Do PWDs, senior citizens have access to special polling places?

May 14, 2019 - 6:56 AM

Some PWDs and senior citizens are still denied of their right to vote in designated special polling places

IN PHOTOS: Senior citizens, PWDs vote in accessible polling places

May 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Emergency Accessible Polling Place makes the voting process more accessible and easier for PWDs, senior citizens, and heavily pregnant women

The elderly take advantage of the EAPP or the Emergency Acessible Polling Place, a special voting area for senior citizens and PWDs, at the Don A Roces Science HS in Quezon City on election day, May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How elections are made accessible to PWDs and senior citizens

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The law may be in place, but much more should be done to make elections accessible to all

Senior citizen voter file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PWDs appeal to Comelec for ‘barrier-free’ elections

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Disability sector representatives assert there's more that can be done to make the elections accessible to people with disabilities

RAMP UP ELECTIONS. Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP) Representative Maureen Mata, National Council on Disability Affairs Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, and Fully Abled Nation Representative Bianca Lapuz hold a press conference on March 27. Photo by Sofia Virtudes

QC establishments to provide courtesy seats for PWDs, pregnant women, seniors

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Private establishments that fail to implement the new policy will face fines and business permit suspension or revocation

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

Panelo: Yang is a ‘consultant’ and ‘economic adviser’ to Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

New Metro Manila minimum wage set at 500 to P537 | Evening wRap

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Companies hiring PWDs to join Makati job fair

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Mayor Abigail Binay says even non-residents of Makati can come to the job fair on November 9

DOTr apologizes for 'embarrassing' MRT incident with PWD passenger

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The passenger's mother accused security guards of discriminating against persons with learning disabilities

Rep Wes Gatchalian apologizes for car blocking PWD ramp

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Valenzuela 1st District Representative Wes Gatchalian issues a public apology but some netizens say he should do more

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHR investigates Mocha, Drew Olivar, Garin sues Ubial, Space Jam 2 | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: It's a crime to make fun of PWDs

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The senator calls out the government's communications official for 'mocking the people she serves'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH still far from becoming PWD-inclusive, says UP study

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Only 60% of local government units have a Persons with Disability Office (PDAO), says a study by the UP-CLRG

UP's Dr. Erwin Alampay believes that the presence of a PDAO in each LGU increases the chance of change for the sector, end poverty, ensure inclusive quality education, and promote sustainable, economic growth.

Free LRT1 rides for women with disabilities on Monday, March 26

Mar 24, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This is in celebration of Women with Disabilities Day observed on the last Monday of March

Light Rail Manila Corporation on May 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PWDs push for automatic PhilHealth coverage

Dec 04, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The National Council on Disability Affairs says outpatient services should also be included in the coverage

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for an automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector.  Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

How to buy products of craftsman born with no hands

Nov 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

If you buy one of his miniature tricycles, 'you are also helping others,' says Andy Villaruel, the Dumaguete craftsman born with no hands

PAL now offers 20% discount for senior citizens, PWDs online

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The discount applies to full-fare domestic flights and comes on top of the 12% value-added tax (VAT) exemption

Cebu Pacific honors 20% discount for senior citizens, PWDs online

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The budget carrier upgrades its booking systems to implement the discount for domestic flights booked through its website or mobile app

Person with disability praises MMDA for coding exemption

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:05 PM

In a Facebook post Juan Magdaraog thanks the MMDA chairman for personally meeting him to hand his Coding Exemption Certificate

Storytelling sessions held for children with special needs

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Beneficiaries of the event include children with intellectual disabilities and hearing impairment aged 3 to 36 years old

READING FOR KNOWLEDGE. A storyteller narrates the story of a mother to a group of children with exceptional needs to commemorate National Children'™s Book Day. Photo by Hannah Mallorca/Rappler

Online jobs eyed as perfect opportunities for PWDs

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The National Council on Disability Affairs trains persons with disabilities to make them qualified for job opportunities online

PWD RIGHTS. Persons with disabilities are entitled to the same rights regularly-abled persons enjoy. Rappler file photo

Japanese teacher boosts livelihood capacities of SPED graduates in Bohol

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:28 AM

A former JICA volunteer Akiko Sugiyama goes back to Bohol to establish a livelihood training center for SPED graduates

INCLUSION. Japanese teacher Akiko Sugiyama teaches PWDs in Dauis, Bohol. Photo from JICA

Filipino PWD paddlers win gold in HK paradragon boat race

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Beating 6 other teams the country’s first ever cross disability dragon boat racing team wins the race with a speed of one minute and 43 seconds

Facebook Live more accessible to PWDs with Closed Captions

Jun 08, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Closed captions will help those who are deaf or hard of hearing experience Facebook Live videos

CLOSED CAPTIONS. A preview of how closed captions will look like on Facebook Live videos

Project Inclusion videos call on companies to embrace Persons with Disability

May 31, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Is disability a hindrance in the workplace? Or is it what pushes some people to excel?

Comelec eyes early voting in polls

May 20, 2017 - 9:18 AM

Meanwhile a House bill seeks early voting for PWDs and senior citizens within a week before election day

FORUM. Comelec chairman Andy Bautista is interviewed by the media during a forum on the 2016 polls in Makati City on May 19, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 20-26, 2017

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Hello Here s a round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

#InspireCourage: Polio not an obstacle to work in vulcanizing shop

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Despite having no legs Warlito Tumpap works tirelessly at a vulcanizing shop to make ends meet for his family and send his children to school

PERSEVERANCE. Photo by Jeff Digma/ Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Cebuano PWDs break barriers through dragonboat racing

Feb 19, 2017 - 6:00 PM

In spite of their physical disability they chose to leave the confines of their homes pick up a paddle and pursue their passion for rowing

Path to inclusion: La Salle college guides PWD learners

Jan 29, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The De La Salle College of Saint Benilde envisions to fulfill the 2015 Incheon Declaration which seeks to achieve inclusive education by 2030