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The ILLC is privileged to be the partner of JCI-Manila inlaunching yet another innovative program for the benefitof speech and communication-impaired individuals. Thefirst of its kind, the Speak Easy Program was formallyoffered in November 2016 and aims to offer appropriateAlternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems to youth with speech limitationsusing low, light and high technology
TOYP Awards, Quebec, Canada, November 4, 2016. For his excellence and voluntary leadership in uplifting humanitythrough a more inclusive society, our very own executive director and founder Prof. Abelardo Apollo I. David, Jr. wasawarded as among the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World! For this remarkable achievement, PhilippinePresident Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Prof. David at the
January 6, 2017. ILLC is very honored to have beenselected by officials from the Department ofEducation, Central Office, Ms. Salvacion Olinares, Ms.Elizabeth Owit and Ms. Trinidad Lagarto as abenchmark on best inclusive and special educationpractices. Among the recommendations given by ILLCwere on appropriate assessment and teachingmodalities to promote inclusion in the school andworkplace. ILLC
2016 ANCA Awards. Vancouver, Canada. Our very ownExecutive Director, Teacher Archie David, was awarded theANCA Community Mentor Merit Award last October 2,2016 at the World Autism Festival. He likewise spoke aboutILLC and Project TEACH, a community-based rehabilitationprogram he co-established with the local government ofMandaluyong City. Moreover, through a benchmarking visitin Vancouver’s
Once again, ILLC participated in a nationwide earthquake drill onJuly 21, 2016. Everyone was familiarized with the sound of theemergency siren which made it easier for them to recognize the signalin the event of fires and earthquakes in school. ILLC’s staff and teachersjoined forces and came up with an emergency response protocol thatensured the smooth facilitation of the simulation. Everyone did
With its desire to offer a more inclusive educational experienceto its students, ILLC has revitalized its partial mainstreamingprograms wherein students from the Modified Education Programare exposed to carefully guided experiences to socialize, play andlearn with their typically developing peers in ILLC’s sister school, theAcademia Progresiva de Manila (APDM). The strategic physicalproximity of
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
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
  • Speak Easy
  • Prof. David is among the Ten Outstanding Young
  • DepEd Central Office Benchmarks in ILLC
  • Recognition and Ideas from Canada to ILLC
  • ILLC’s Continuing Education Series
  • Project Inclusion

Programs and Services

  Functional Basic Education (FBE) This Program is parallel with the MBE except that it is designed mainly for
  Early Intervention Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy These services focus on enhancing skills in the
Transition Education Program   Through classroom and community-based activities, the TEP aims to foster
  Job Readiness Programs (JRP) The JRP aims to teach essential work behaviors and vocational skills. Training is
  Peer Group Program A weekend program that establishes support systems wherein students can freely and
  Training for Professionals Specialized Training packages can be custom made to accommodate the needs of specific
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Having two special children after our gifted first-born has not always been easy. Mood swings, tantrums and small battles are normal occurrences. Of course, on the brighter side, there are funny moments, unmatchable affection and simple life lessons on what really matters…each one reminding us of how blessed we are as their parents. Finding the right school for our only son (Jolo, with GDD) and our youngest (Luli, with PDD) used to be a big challenge. Jolo went through many schools including ILLC Wack-Wack before. With Luli, we tried a couple of special schools but did not see any significant progress. We also tried to homeschool her, while doing Kumon on the side. And while she was doing better than expected, we felt like the social aspect was lacking. At the urging of a friend, we decided to let her try ILLC last June 2016. In only 8 months, we noticed a dramatic improvement in Luli’s academic performance, social skills, and self-confidence. She now enjoys learning new things, has better self-control in public places, and loves meeting new people. Thanks to her ILLC teachers who tirelessly partner with us to guide and help her prepare for independent living! We’re so excited to see what else ILLC can help Luli achieve in the future!




Darren was only 3 years old when we consulted and received the assessment of the Developmental Pediatrician. I have to admit that we were heartbroken as Darren has development delays showing some form of Autism. We could not accept the findings because he has siblings who do not have this condition. However, we realized that the sooner we accept and start to do something about it, the better it would be for our son. We took Darren to schools that can provide early intervention and therapy as well. We saw a lot of improvement. However, as the years passed by, Darren started to show some hesitations, seemingly embarrassed to go to a SPED school with much younger kids as his classmates. Even though we already know that Darren will not get a degree via regular academic schooling, my wife and I believe that we should still find a way for him to have a means of livelihood or even a career. We initially checked the ILLC website and asked around about the school. Having known and heard a lot of good things about the school, its teachers and administrators and also the achievements of their students, we became very excited with renewed hope and expectations. Darren was interviewed by Sir Archie and the rest was a blessing from God. In less than a year at ILLC, Darren became active in school again, being with students that are closer to his age. At the age of 15, he also learned a lot of new and practical things/tasks that he can do. Even his talent for dancing was pleasantly explored. He is now part of the school’s dance group (Hunks), and represents ILLC in events outside of school, too. All of us in the family are so proud of Darren and his latest achievements. Looking forward to seeing more of the learning and fun activities for Darren, in preparing him to become a better person and a productive member of the community. I am very optimistic because I can see that ILLC has very capable and genuinely caring educators helping my son and all the other students.




The first time the MBE program was explained to me by Teacher Archie, it gave me hope. Finally, a program for my son to get a certification or even a high school diploma! The thought of it made me excited but the experience we have with ILLC is even more exciting. Their Community Living trips like their visit to the dentist or doctor’s office, and to the barber shop/salon helped my son, Zeki, to overcome his fear of going to those places. He would be the first to volunteer in all these activities. Teacher Dan and Teacher Jas would be at his side to cheer him on. Zeki was able to develop friendships with his classmates and this makes me feel like he is a regular child. Their life skills activities like cooking, bathing and even doing laundry gave me confidence that Zeki could live an independent life in the future. I always look forward to major school events like the Foundation Day, Friendship Cup and the Valentine’s Ball. There would always be special performances by the students. As it was the first time I saw Zeki dance with grace and mastery, it made me cry with joy. Our first year in ILLC was memorable and I am looking forward to our next year because I would want to see Zeki unfold further as a person. I am confident that ILLC has programs that would help him reach his full potential and capabilities. Thank you ILLC!




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About Us

The Independent Living Learning Centre, established in July 2003, caters to the need of children, adolescents and young adults with developmental conditions. The aim has been to promote the students optimum level of independence and quality of life. By maximizing their ability for self - sufficiency in the domains of self care, education, social interaction, work and recreation. Practical learning activities for independent living are provided in home and community setting to help generalize learning.

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