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CHR investigating 'appalling, unacceptable' mockery of deaf people on video

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:39 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation follows a complaint against Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar from the Philippine Federation of the Deaf

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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

Vo Thi Hoang Yen: Opening doors for Vietnam's PWDs

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen, a survivor of childhood polio, wants employers to see what persons with disabilities can do if given the opportunity

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Japan confesses to padding disability hiring data

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Thousands of able-bodied employees at 27 ministries and government agencies were wrongly counted as disabled, Tokyo admits

KATSUNOBU KATO. Picture from Wikipedia by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/Northern Ireland Office.

Giving up not an option for persons with disabilities in Western Visayas

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Four PWDs in Western Visayas have given a face to the struggles commonly experienced by their sector in the Philippines

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.

Duterte signs executive order increasing disabled workers' pensions

May 10, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Executive Order 54 provides a P1,150 across-the-board increase for all permanent disability pensioners in the private sector, as well as qualified beneficiaries in the public sector

INCREASE. Disabled workers will receive higher compensation benefits.

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

Sunflower farm in Quezon plants seeds of hope for PWDs

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

’We need to change the mindset that PWDs are limited and that they can’t do anything,’ says PWD advocate Rhodora Fresnedi

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

Is it just really all in your head?

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Mental conditions are real, and they have a biological basis – which means it has a parallel story inside your brain which deserves attention and treatment

Displaced 95-year-old person with disabilities sells potatoes to support family

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:13 PM

People who have met Datu Mangontra Sultan do not see him as a person with disabilities and an internally displaced person, but as a strong and committed individual who wants to continue providing for his family

CAPABLE. Datu Mangontra Sultan, 95 years old, works hard despite his old age and disabilities. Photo by Jamilia Taha

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

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

WATCH: Baler surfer breaks barriers despite disability

May 07, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Harry Marzan manages to paddle balance and gracefully catch the waves despite not having a left arm Read and watch his InspireCourage story

SURFING. For Harry Marzan, surfing is an opportunity for him to prove that he is no different from other surfers. Photo courtesy of Harry Marzan

#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

VAT-free shopping for PWDs starting Dec 23

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:31 PM

The new benefit is on top of the 20 discount PWDs are already entitled to under the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons

MORE DISCOUNTS. Persons with disabilities can enjoy VAT-free purchases starting Friday, December 23, 2016. Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

PWDs in Iloilo make crayons out of fruits, veggies

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:50 PM

A Japanese volunteer teaches crayon making to persons with disabilities empowering them to engage in entrepreneurship

FOOD-BASED CRAYONS. A Japanese volunteer trained PWDs in Iloilo how to make crayons out of natural ingredients. Photo from JICA

WATCH: Ateneo students help kids with disabilities through dance

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:35 PM

This year s Civic Movers for the 2016 Move Awards turned their class project into an advocacy they all hope can spark change

COMMUNITY. The group aims to reach out to more communities and eventually turnover the program the parent officers of the CBR centers. Photo courtesy of I'MPOWER

Free LRT1 rides for senior citizens, PWDs this Christmas

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The free rides will be available on all weekends and holidays from December 3 2016 to January 8 2017 in all LRT1 stations

EXTENSION. The LRT1 has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot from Rappler

My jeepney ride with Loribeth

Dec 04, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The story of how a person with autism guided me in commuting in a city I don t know

Here's how you can apply for a PWD ID

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Before they can avail of their benefits and privileges PWDs must first get an identification card from their local city or municipal social welfare offices

Discounts, VAT exemptions now available to PWDs

Dec 01, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo signs the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10754 An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability

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

A PWID's success story: Angelo Jardeleza in his workplace

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Angelo Jardeleza works twice a week and earns a decent living despite being diagnosed with autism during his childhood This is his story

NORMAL. Angelo Jardeleza makes a box in his workplace. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong/ Rappler

LGU empowers persons with autism through employment

Nov 13, 2016 - 4:14 PM

The municipal hall of Carmona Cavite has been employing persons with autism since April 2015 inspiring their coworkers and the community

MENTOR. Computer technician Bernie Levardo trains Raychan Matieros on troubleshooting. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Recto: Why the delay in implementing VAT exemption for PWDs?

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The Senate Minority Leader says 7 months since the law was signed concerned government agencies have yet to promulgate its implementing rules and regulations

DOF eyes higher VAT exemption threshold as 'safety net for the poor'

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Finance also defends measures criticized as anti poor – the proposed higher fuel excise tax and the planned removal of certain VAT exemptions

Gameplan: Filipino athletes battle their hearts out at Rio Paralympics

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:51 PM

The Philippine Paralympic team shares what motivates them as they face rigorous training and physical challenges

Man born with no hands finds his 'hidden ability' in miniatures

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Andy Villaruel shows us all how having a disability does not limit him from living his life.

FINISHED PRODUCT. It takes four days for Andy Villaruel to finish a miniature tricycle

Job matching site promotes employment for PWDs

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:21 PM

Press release: There s a new PWD centric website to promote their skills capabilities and work preferences in order to find gainful employment

Local governments urged to prioritize programs for PWDs

Jul 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

PRIOTIZE. July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. File photos from Rappler, EPA, and Office of the Vice President

Living with cerebral palsy: Finding one's full potential

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:50 PM

We must blot out dis in the word disability for the truest disability we could have is the inability to believe that we all have abilities we could use in achieving our dreams says Gerald Ybañez who took his first step at age 16

FULL POTENTIAL. Gerald Ybañez, 24, with Cerebral Palsy works as an Electronic Technician earning a maximum of 4, 000 pesos a week. Photo by  Glenn Tek-ing Muñez

Cebu PWDs to Duterte: Help stop employment discrimination

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Local governments rarely enforce laws that entitles persons with disabilities to equal opportunity for employment

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. (From left) Ronnie Lim, Dara Miñoza, Eric Lopez are among the persons with disabilities in a recent summit in Cebu City who ask President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to help them avoid employment discrimination. Photos by Richale Cabauatan/Rappler

How will Kagay-anon PWDs vote on May 9?

May 06, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Persons with disabilities make up 1 4 of the population of Cagayan de Oro City

WAITING IN SILENCE. Delfin Angapan patiently waits for customers while almost never leaving from his spot. All photos from Alyssa Viado/Rappler

Albay teacher spends own money to train PWD athletes for Palaro

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:53 PM

26 year old teacher Joseph Villareal serves as big brother and inspiration to PWD student athletes

SUPPORT. Joseph N. Villareal, grade 3 teacher at Maramba Elementary School in Oas town carries Jeric Taladro, 8, othro-swimmer during and after the swimming competition for orthopedically impaired athletes. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Palaro's first PWD torchbearer shows sports binds all

Apr 11, 2016 - 3:00 PM

For the first time in 59 years a person with disability led Palarong Pambansa s torch lighting ceremony – proving that sports isn t only for the able bodied

HE BELONGS. Francis Everesto, a 26-year-old basketball player from Albay, proves you don't have to be able to walk to belong in sports. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

The 2016 elections and the road to a PWD-inclusive PH

Apr 03, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Since persons with disabilities only make up less than 1 of the voting population will they succeed in getting their concerns included in the agenda in 2016?

epa05207193 A Filipino father with disability and his family rest at a street in Cebu city, Philippines, 12 March 2016. According to the latest study both the United Nations and World Economic Forum (WEF), rapid urbanisation has been identified as a major global risk with close to 700 million urban dwellers lack adequate sanitation. Fifty-five million new slum dwellers have been added to the global population since 2000, one aid agency said. EPA/JAY ROMMEL LABRA

Aquino signs law on VAT exemption for PWDs

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:15 AM

2ND UPDATE Filipinos with disabilities can breathe a sigh of relief following the signing of Republic Act 10754 which now allows them to fully enjoy their mandated discounts

Netizens praise sign language interpreters in Cebu presidential debate

Mar 20, 2016 - 9:06 PM

Is the sign language inset for the second Comelec sanctioned presidential debate enough?

British minister resigns over disability cuts plan

Mar 19, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Duncan Smith s resignation highlights growing divisions within Prime Minister David Cameron s Conservative Party in the run up to the June 23 referendum

RESIGNATION. Media reports on March 18 state that Iain Duncan Smith has resigned his post stating that pressure to make cuts to disablity benefits forced his decision. File photo by Will Oliver/EPA

Cebu groups join forces for PWD-inclusive 2016 elections

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The persons with disability community in Cebu hopes its actions will eventually help amplify the sector s voice in national governance

FULLY-ABLED NATION. Persons with Disability Leaders from all over Cebu Province commit to a disability-inclusive 2016 presidential elections.Photo by JP Maunes