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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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When our son, Alexis, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, acceptance was never a problem for me and my husband. Defining our goals for Alexis was the next thing we did; and we came up with only one goal: "For him to be able to stand and live for himself when time comes." When I learned that ILLC will start to accept younger kids with special needs this School Year, I set an appointment with Sir Archie. After the meeting, I told my husband that my mind is set to enroll Alexis to ILLC - and we were not disappointed. Who would have thought that the once stressful activity of going to a supermarket with him would be an enjoyable activity for both of us now? He could now relate that Mango is our National Fruit or that Bangus is our National Fish. These he acquired thru the school's Home Application Program, wherein he got to experience and apply the lessons learned inside the classroom to his daily life activities. In the Modified Basic Education Program, he now enjoys studying with no pressure because lessons were taught at his own pace. My son still needs help in some aspects but we are not in a hurry; after all, learning is a lifelong process. For the school year that ended, we want to extend our special thanks to Sir Archie, Teacher Nina and most especially to Teacher Anna Margallo, Teacher Sam Pizarro and Kuya Ruel (Teacher Aide) for your love, passion and patience to kids like Alexis. We are looking forward to more fruitful years with you. ILLC has been truly devoted to kids / persons with special needs and also are truthfully working on their promise -- "We prepare your child for life."



Teodoro began school quite early, just a few days after he turned 2 years old. We had not intended to put him to school early but we thought that his lack of verbal skills and play skills was because we were boring parents. This isn’t a joke, funnily enough. It was a summer class, and like a story all familiar to you, the School Director put me aside on the last day of class to let me know that she thought it best if I had Teodoro checked for developmental delay. “Early intervention is key, Mommy,” she seriously intoned to me. So Teodoro, or Teej, as he is fondly called, was placed in the school system and began therapy right away. Even from the get-go, he never “succeeded” in school, or in therapy. Year after year, in spite the different permutations and variations, he was just never happy. The schools, together with his family, would constantly meet and adjust and adapt, but Teodoro just wouldn’t thrive no matter how creative we were and no matter how well meaning we all were. Finally, when he was 12, and it had become impossible to physically force him to go to school, we just stopped. We call these years our dark ages. Unhappy in school, Teodoro didn’t seem any happier at home. He had periods of happiness, far longer, of course with this new set-up, but it was a tenuous position and we lived in this kind of uncertainty until finding ILLC. Today, in what could only be called a Miracle story, Teodoro is not only thriving in ILLC, he is happy. And we all know how elusive that word can be to parents like us. Teodoro absolutely loves school. His vocabulary has grown, his social skills are wider, and his days are full of stories of his teachers and classmates. Every day he faces so many challenges but he faces them all because he wants to make his teachers proud. I don’t mind as his mother, because I am grateful that Teej has many mothers and many fathers to spare.



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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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