Makati turns over state-of-the-art SPED center to DepEd

January 17, 2010 11:44 am 

MANILA, Jan. 17 – The city government of Makati said the state-of-the-art Special Education (SPED) Center building has been officially turned over to DepEd-Makati and is now operational.

Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay said the SPED Center is a five-storey building with a jacuzzi and therapy room located at the ground floor and 10 classrooms, which include a computer room, multi-purpose hall, clinic and canteen.

“Special children have as much right as everyone else to education. They have the right to realize their full potential whatever their physical and mental capabilities are. The Makati SPED Center is a testament to our continuing commitment to providing them equal opportunities for growth,” he said.

Binay said each classroom is air-conditioned and all the walls are rubberized for the children’s protection. There is also an isolation room for students who have tantrums or other behaviors that need to be modified.

Salvacion Calabucal, officer-in-charge of SPED Center, said currently, the Center has 112 enrollees who belong to seven disability groups, which include children with autism, mental retardation (MR), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), hearing impaired and visually impaired.

She said the Center also caters to fast learners, or those children with above average or high intellectual ability, who belong to the top of their class.

Calabucal said each SPED program has three session shifts from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with one dedicated SPED teacher in every disability group.

The therapy sessions and classes for children with behavioral problems are being handled by an experienced therapist who applies behavior analysis.

Therapy sessions aim to decrease and, if possible, eliminate undesirable behavior for a special child to become more socially acceptable.

The new Makati SPED Center is located at Santuico St., Brgy. Pio del Pilar, Makati City.

At present, it caters to all SPED pupils of Busilak na Paglingap SPED Center housed at Pio del Pilar Elementary School-Main.

Since 1995, Makati has kept true to its commitment to looking out for the welfare of children with special needs.

The city government has been providing SPED pupils with educational materials, speech rooms, Braille educational materials for the blind, hearing aids and wheelchairs, among others.

The city government also tapped the services of concerned departments like Makati Social Welfare Department and Ospital ng Makati to be included in children’s activities the Lakbay-Saya, feeding program and a regular diagnosis and medical treatment.

On the other hand, city’s Engineering Department studied every detail of the Accessibility Law to provide them comfort and convenience every time they would visit city hall.

For its commitment to provide best programs and services to special children, Makati City government has been awarded with the distinction of being the Most Disabled-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) in the National Capital Region for 2007.

Special education is an early intervention of exceptional children and integration or mainstreaming of learners with special education needs into the regular school system and eventually in the community. (PNA)

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