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Our ILLC Experience By: Rizalyn P. Jurado

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.

 

 

 

 

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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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