Programs and Services
As a parent, it is our wish and prayer to find a school that would be able to help us in the development of our child. I was lucky that Dr. Navarro, our Developmental Pediatrician, referred us to ILLC. It was summer when we enrolled Rhine in Augmentative Communication and Aqua Fun. I liked the way they delivered the lesson and motivated the kids, and most especially the patience of the teachers. With these observations I was convinced to enroll Rhine for SY 2012-2013. His social skills improved and helped him become more patient. He is very eager to see his classmates, teachers and even the other staff in school. School programs like the Valentine‘s Ball and Friendship Cup are very memorable as they make me a very proud parent. As this school year is about to end, I can say that I‘m very satisfied and happy with my son‘s progress. I‘m thankful that God has answered my prayer—I found a good school, with staff and teachers who are dedicated and competent. Thank you very much for nurturing my child and helping him develop his skills. I hope you‘ll continuously help us parents to make our children productive. May our good partnership continue in the school years to come.
Testimony By: Rhodora Maranan
After seven years of living outside the Philippines, Nina was very excited to see her new school, teachers and classmates. I still remember Nina telling me after her first day in school that she was glad to be in Manila. During the ILLC Foundation Day, Nina was chosen as the co-host of the program and we could not have been more proud of her. She has really adjusted to her new environment. And we felt that the whole school has truly embraced her. Each day, she gains effective skills that allow her to become more confident and independent. But it was during the Valentine‘s Day celebration that confirmed to me that ILLC was indeed the right school for Nina. As we entered the venue, I saw several of her classmates and teachers all dressed up in their Valentine‘s glitz and glitter. The teachers excitedly approached Nina and commented that she looked really pretty. And her matter of fact reply was ?Why, thank you?. As the program commenced, Nina and her friends slow danced to the foot tapping music and she even twirled with her partner. There was so much pure joy in the dance hall and so few trappings. This Valentine‘s event was totally unexpected. I told myself that this is something I never thought would happen—Nina‘s prom. I smiled like any proud father would but my heart was also touched with sadness. The sadness was not for Nina or her classmates. Their self-esteem did not need a makeover. My sadness was for those of us who fail to see our own beauty and for those who will never see it in our children. I watched as they demonstrated their innocence, kindness and tolerance to one another. As parents, we have no regrets. Our children are exactly what they are supposed to be and it is good enough. Thank you ILLC for developing and fostering this loving and caring community.
Testimony By: Lord Bantoto
Finding a school for Aingee when she turned 11 was a challenge. Since she was two, Aingee has been attending special schools for little kids, focused on learning basic academic and social skills. While these were very important and contributed much to who Aingee is today, continuing in such an environment was no longer ideal for her. Aingee needed a school that will focus on helping her develop her life skills. School shopping is never easy. There are close to a hundred things that must be considered, from the curriculum and teaching methods to security and availability of a parking lot/waiting area for drivers and caregivers. We went to several schools recommended by well-meaning friends. We narrowed down our choices until we came down to ILLC. ILLC provides Aingee with opportunities to help her cope with the simple requirements in her life. Aside from the structured learning experiences, ILLC allows Aingee to experience daily life routines and activities from grocery shopping to trips to the dentists and little indulgences in life like swimming and going to the movies. The JRP helps Aingee understand the value of work and provides her with an appreciation of how it is to work with others, in an environment that is safe, allowing her to learn from her mistakes. Aingee is now 16 and we can say, ILLC has definitely helped her a lot to cope with her autism and adapt to daily requirements of her simple life.
Testimony By: Lorna Umali
My son, Jabby, was referred to ILLC for the Culinary Arts and Food Services for summer of 2009. After evaluation by the director, Archie David, it was deemed best that Jabby join the Social and Life Skills Program for that period. By the start of school year 2009-2010, we enrolled him in Class B, morning session at ILLC. Jabby, like most children with autism, has been through a lot of therapy. It was only after that summer at ILLC did I realize how much of a "regular" boy he was. He found a best friend, Cornell. He could wash cars, make perfume, go to a bar (!), enjoy dance class and have a foot spa!!!! Jabby was excited to go to ILLC for classes in June. I must admit it was such a long and challenging adjustment period for him (and his teachers). But day by day, we could see how much he had armed himself with skills we thought would take longer (even never) for him to develop. There are "good" and "bad" days for Jabby. And somehow, the "good" became more frequent than the "bad" ones. It cannot be denied that improvement with children wi th autism also comes as they grow older. But the work ILLC has done for Jabby and all others certainly must be lauded and appreciated. It is with ILLC that we saw Jabby realize he had a world outside his head. Maybe it was the tender and loving care that the teachers patiently gave all their students. Or the enthusiasm the school gives for their activities. Whatever it is, we are very grateful that ILLC gave Jabby a chance.
Testimony By: Maria Concepcion Vesagas
We moved to Manila from the US in November, 2009. Our son, Tejus, 15, who has autism, was being homeschooled using the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) program because public schools in the United States didn’t offer the right educational environment. Things changed when we found out about ILLC. The ILLC website looked impressive. Their goals for students were in line with ours. We wanted Tejus to be employable and develop social relationships – something all of us strive for. I was skeptical – could ILLC really offer this, something the schools in the US could not? Tejus began attending ILLC with the assistance of a shadow teacher trained in RDI. During this time, Tejus’ goals were simple - to sit quietly (without stimming) and interact with his teachers. Such simple goals were challenging for Tejus, especially since he had been out of a classroom environment for almost four years. Over time, we watched Tejus slowly engage with his teachers. In October of 2010, Tejus no longer had a shadow teacher. Our concern was whether Tejus could cope in the classroom without her. But, with the help of his nurturing and dedicated teachers, Teacher Margot and Teacher Camille, Tejus is attending classes by himself. This is the first time in his life that he has been able to do so. Now, he is an active member of his classroom. He is able to follow the lessons in class over short periods of time. We are excited about Tejus’ prospects at ILLC as we look forward to the Job Readiness Programs next year. ILLC is a great home for our special children, with teachers and administrators who have the right attitude.
Testimony By: Chitra Sharathchandra
Since our daughter Mariel was diagnosed with autism, we have brought her to different special schools in Metro Manila. I was trying to look for the best environment for her. ILLC was God‘s answer to our prayers. We found in ILLC the perfect school for Mariel to continue the independent way of living that was introduced to her in St. Collete School in Wisconsin. Indeed, our Lord always shows us the way. Being a parent at ILLC is also very fulfilling. The PTA of the school is very active and is composed of dedicated and concerned parents. This is the reason why I accepted the position of head of the Ways and Means Committee. It was my way of sharing myself to the cause of the PTA which I find very notable and praiseworthy. Last November 30, 2007, we had our first fundraising project, the Bingo Extraordinaire, which was held at the Camp Crame Multipurpose Center. The preparations took less than two months but with the cooperation of the parents and school staff, we were able to meet our target of P200, 000 net income. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, parents, teachers and school staff who helped make this project a huge success. The activity served as a showcase also of the hidden talents of our parents and teachers. If we continue with the unity and cooperation everyone displayed in this activity, I‘m sure that we are headed to even greater heights as a PTA. Again, congratulations to everyone!
Testimony By: Mawie Aglipay