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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

[OPINION] Dancing onstage while on the autism spectrum

Dec 09, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Sometimes, I do odd stuff such as stomping my feet loudly or rubbing my hands to combat my nervousness. I wish that one day, I get to really control this stage fright and rediscover my talents anew.

[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

[OPINION] We are more than our disabilities

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:45 PM

A person with disability tackles inclusivity and a high-performing culture

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

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

Makati City spends P30M as of September this year for free movies of seniors, PWDs

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:29 PM

All in all, Makati earmarks P40 million in 2018 for free movie tickets

FREE MOVIES. The cinemas of Century Mall is one of five partners of the Makati government in the free movie tickets program for senior citizens and PWD.

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 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?