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The Answer to Parents’ Dreams By: Rosalinda Tabios- Reyes

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.

 

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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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