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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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It was 14 years ago when Judge Ivan, was diagnosed with autism. Since then, our family has never been the same especially with the constant struggle to cope in accepting his disability as well as managing to raise two other children. As we learned to understand Judge more, we knew that would need a very strong, and more patient partner during his formative years of life. This, I am glad to say I have found in ILLC. I heard about ILLC through Judge’s speech therapist, Ms. Ria Baldos. At first I was hesitant in changing schools again since this would be the sixth institution for my son in a span of 10 years. I took a chance and visited the school and talked to Mr. Archie David. He let me tour the school’s various facilities and informed me about ILLC’s Job Readiness Program and the successes that they have made in placing special children in various menial yet fulfilling job employment positions. This helped convince me to enroll Judge with ILLC as it gave me comfort not only in the school’s ability to mold my son’s skills for his future but more importantly, I was able to hold on to an aspiration that one day my son could live a normal life as an adult and work for his own future as well. This was the forefront reason that I believe ILLC to be the right partner for me and a perfect fit for my son. As this school year is nearing its end, I can safely say with confidence that my decision to enroll Judge in ILLC was the best. I’ve never seen my son with so much enthusiasm in going to school every day. He can now move and act confidently in school programs and activities, he is more independent in attending to his personal needs, and he is now more able to adapt himself in the community. Judge’s renewed and more fervent interest to be in school and actively participate in its activities I believe is a product of the school administration’s in-depth knowledge of the special needs of children, the teachers’ dedication and perseverance to reach out not only to Judge’s mind but more so to his budding heart that longs for understanding and acceptance in this rigid society we live in. Lastly, the school’s various staff members who arduously strive daily and undertake even the minutest detail in order to preserve and mold an environment conducive and secure for my son’s learning as he transitions from his home life into the real world. To ILLC, my deepest gratitude and appreciation always. I pray that as the years go by, this institution will allow my son to truly find the essence and his place in the real world which has been relatively deprived of him. Thank you again and to God be all the glory.





Before ILLC, Via dreaded going to school because of certain expectations on how she should behave inside the classroom. Our daughter is creative, kind-hearted, immensely curious and fun-loving. How these character traits reflect when she's in the classroom is very much welcome in ILLC. Via's teachers are very patient and understanding. They see the positive in how Via perceives the world around her and help her turn these into her strengths. Because of this, ILLC helped turn a formerly shy little girl into a very confident and friendly one. In fact, she is now very natural in treating new acquaintances as close friends. Via looks forward to seeing her teachers and classmates. She has surely found her "tribe" in ILLC. Her dad and I can sense that the community really places importance in making each student feel that they belong, are accepted and are genuinely appreciated. This, in effect, makes Via love learning. We are sure that she will bring the love of learning with her all throughout her life and we will be forever grateful to ILLC, most especially to Teachers Archie, Coleen, Rose and Kuya Jachine, for making our daughter Via fall in love with school.





I came to learn about ILLC when my professor, mentor and thesis adviser; Dr. Ed Dizon from UP-Diliman, told me to request Mr. David to validate the survey instrument I prepared for my thesis. Right after talking with Mr. David and learning his insights about my survey instrument, we also talked a little about ILLC and the programs the school offers. I came to decide that I will recommend ILLC for my niece Yanti who has Down Syndrome. At that time, Yanti was still enrolled in another school. I knew then that ILLC is the perfect educational choice for Yanti. Unfortunately, Yanti had already completely lost interest in going to school. When told to go to school, she would say, “I’m a big girl now! No longer a baby.” This was triggered by the fact that her classmates are of pre-school age when Yanti is already 20 years old. Since my sister died two years ago, Yanti was left under my care. With the concepts I’ve learned and principles I have applied as SPED-Specialist, I knew that ILLC is the answer to my dream of providing the best for her to overcome some inappropriate behaviors previously observed and most important of all, for Yanti to also live a happy and meaningful life with least supervision. I do not expect her to excel academically for I am aware of the limitations a person with Down Syndrome possesses. Our dream for her is beginning to show signs of realization. She has again developed her interest in going to school. She voluntarily initiates doing her assignments now unlike before, and she has friends whom she often mentions when sharing her activities in school. One of the things she has perfected doing is writing her name, name of her school and her section. If in the past, she needed to be pushed to get ready for school, now she does it all voluntarily and hurries up her mama (what she calls her nanny) when she’s ready. Thank you so much to all the ILLC teachers and staff for their dedication, commitment and patience in teaching children like Yanti, especially to teachers Jason and Pat; but most of all thanks to Teacher Archie for his leadership and management. He never fails to connect with the students and continue making a difference in their lives.


The ILLC has helped address behavioral problems of my son, James David especially during the past nine months stay in school. He learned household chores as well as eating his meals, picking up of his plate, spoon, fork and glass then taking them to the kitchen sink, and trying to wash them. Whenever he wants to get a biscuit or snack food from a nearby store, he would ask for money to be able to buy it. We are surprised by the exemplary behavior he is showing us. We receive weekly reports of his work which shows the activities he performed during the week. We appreciate the hard work of the school administrators especially the SPED teachers of James who always monitor and provide regular evaluation. We consider ILLC a second home for our son. Everyone in the school receives him with caring and loving hands every morning and return him every noon in the similar manner. After almost a year of schooling, we are well aware that he is surrounded by the best, well-trained and loving people who do not only care for him but train him to develop his potentials and address his limitations and in the future, learn to live independently. As parents, we have made the right choice to take him to ILLC and for this we want to express our deepest gratitude for the dedication and commitment in teaching him how to become independent and be able to do the self-help management skills.





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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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