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Darren and ILLC By: Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Miguel

Darren was only 3 years old when we consulted and received the assessment of the Developmental Pediatrician. I have to admit that we were heartbroken as Darren has development delays showing some form of Autism. We could not accept the findings because he has siblings who do not have this condition. However, we realized that the sooner we accept and start to do something about it, the better it would be for our son. We took Darren to schools that can provide early intervention and therapy as well. We saw a lot of improvement. However, as the years passed by, Darren started to show some hesitations, seemingly embarrassed to go to a SPED school with much younger kids as his classmates. Even though we already know that Darren will not get a degree via regular academic schooling, my wife and I believe that we should still find a way for him to have a means of livelihood or even a career. We initially checked the ILLC website and asked around about the school. Having known and heard a lot of good things about the school, its teachers and administrators and also the achievements of their students, we became very excited with renewed hope and expectations. Darren was interviewed by Sir Archie and the rest was a blessing from God. In less than a year at ILLC, Darren became active in school again, being with students that are closer to his age. At the age of 15, he also learned a lot of new and practical things/tasks that he can do. Even his talent for dancing was pleasantly explored. He is now part of the school’s dance group (Hunks), and represents ILLC in events outside of school, too. All of us in the family are so proud of Darren and his latest achievements. Looking forward to seeing more of the learning and fun activities for Darren, in preparing him to become a better person and a productive member of the community. I am very optimistic because I can see that ILLC has very capable and genuinely caring educators helping my son and all the other students.

 

 

 

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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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