Programs and Services
With its desire to offer a more inclusive educational experience
to its students, ILLC has revitalized its partial mainstreaming
programs wherein students from the Modified Education Program
are exposed to carefully guided experiences to socialize, play and
learn with their typically developing peers in ILLC’s sister school, the
Academia Progresiva de Manila (APDM). The strategic physical
proximity of ILLC and APDM allows our capable mainstreaming and
inclusion teachers to conveniently assist ILLC students interact with
APDM students who have all undergone age-appropriate sensitivity
training. Through this innovative program, students from both ILLC
and APDM learn to respect, appreciate and celebrate each other’s
differences and diversity.
Once again, ILLC participated in a nationwide earthquake drill on
July 21, 2016. Everyone was familiarized with the sound of the
emergency siren which made it easier for them to recognize the signal
in the event of fires and earthquakes in school. ILLC’s staff and teachers
joined forces and came up with an emergency response protocol that
ensured the smooth facilitation of the simulation. Everyone did their
part cautiously which made it easier to lead the students and enabled
them to cooperate in the said activity. We would like to thank all the
staff, students and guardians for their support and cooperation in
making our school community a bigger, better and safer place for
2016 ANCA Awards. Vancouver, Canada. Our very own
Executive Director, Teacher Archie David, was awarded the
ANCA Community Mentor Merit Award last October 2,
2016 at the World Autism Festival. He likewise spoke about
ILLC and Project TEACH, a community-based rehabilitation
program he co-established with the local government of
Mandaluyong City. Moreover, through a benchmarking visit
in Vancouver’s Sunnyhill Hospital, one of the leading and
most comprehensive pediatric facilities for children with
special needs, Sir Archie gained rich insights about the
center's referral system from early childhood to adulthood
vocational placement programs.
January 6, 2017. ILLC is very honored to have been
selected by officials from the Department of
Education, Central Office, Ms. Salvacion Olinares, Ms.
Elizabeth Owit and Ms. Trinidad Lagarto as a
benchmark on best inclusive and special education
practices. Among the recommendations given by ILLC
were on appropriate assessment and teaching
modalities to promote inclusion in the school and
workplace. ILLC looks forward to future collaborations
with the DepEd.
TOYP Awards, Quebec, Canada, November 4, 2016. For his excellence and voluntary leadership in uplifting humanity
through a more inclusive society, our very own executive director and founder Prof. Abelardo Apollo I. David, Jr. was
awarded as among the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World! For this remarkable achievement, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Prof. David at the Malacañang Palace. A testimonial dinner was likewise hosted
for him and for the 2016 The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines awardees, on December 12, 2016 where
Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala was among the guests of honor to congratulate Prof. David and the TOYM honorees.
Perhaps what is most admirable about Prof. David is how despite the numerous local and international awards he has
received, he has remained humble and quiet, unwavering in getting his hands and feet directly immersed in our school’s
affairs as he steers us towards the realization of our vision and mission.
The ILLC is privileged to be the partner of JCI-Manila in
launching yet another innovative program for the benefit
of speech and communication-impaired individuals. The
first of its kind, the Speak Easy Program was formally
offered in November 2016 and aims to offer appropriate
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems to youth with speech limitations
using low, light and high technology pieces of device and apps contributed by JCI. The ILLC is
pleased to announce that Speak Easy will be offered as among the summer programs this April
2017. Through this AAC program, students who have difficulty expressing verbally, may be given
a chance to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, feelings, inquiries and frustrations more
effectively thus potentially enhancing theirs and their family’s quality of life.
The Unilab Foundation, Inc. spearheaded Project Inclusion which aims to accommodate and facilitate the employment of persons with intellectual disabilities (PIDs). The DLSU-Center for Business Research and Development research team conducted a series of consultations and collaborations with various special education schools, ILLC included, as well as companies who currently advocate for the workplace inclusion of PIDs.
Before the S.Y. 2014 - 2015 started, the ILLC teachers underwent several trainings and seminars to better equip them for the coming school year. The teachers attended several in-house seminars with relevant topics such as Behavior Modification Techniques (BMT), Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches, Sensory Integration, Clinical Reasoning, Speech and Language Stimulation, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) among many others. Another topic that really helped the teachers was the RDI talk given by the mother of Tejus, Mrs. Chitra Sharathchandra. Relationship Development Intervention or RDI taught the teachers to let their students think critically and not just rely on the teacher’s prompts and cues. Dr. Vanessa Cainghug of The Medical City talked about psychiatric conditions which have a high comorbidity possibility with developmental conditions. The Mandaluyong Fire Department also conducted a lecture for the teachers on emergency evacuation in case of fires and other natural disasters.