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Our Personal Experience in ILLC By: Judge Alfredo and Dr. Marilissa Ampuan

The ILLC has helped address behavioral problems of my son, James David especially during the past nine months stay in school. He learned household chores as well as eating his meals, picking up of his plate, spoon, fork and glass then taking them to the kitchen sink, and trying to wash them. Whenever he wants to get a biscuit or snack food from a nearby store, he would ask for money to be able to buy it. We are surprised by the exemplary behavior he is showing us. We receive weekly reports of his work which shows the activities he performed during the week. We appreciate the hard work of the school administrators especially the SPED teachers of James who always monitor and provide regular evaluation. We consider ILLC a second home for our son. Everyone in the school receives him with caring and loving hands every morning and return him every noon in the similar manner. After almost a year of schooling, we are well aware that he is surrounded by the best, well-trained and loving people who do not only care for him but train him to develop his potentials and address his limitations and in the future, learn to live independently. As parents, we have made the right choice to take him to ILLC and for this we want to express our deepest gratitude for the dedication and commitment in teaching him how to become independent and be able to do the self-help management skills.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Our ILLC Experience By: Iriz Ann P. Montebon

Before ILLC, Via dreaded going to school because of certain expectations on how she should behave inside the classroom. Our daughter is creative, kind-hearted, immensely curious and fun-loving. How these character traits reflect when she's in the classroom is very much welcome in ILLC. Via's teachers are very patient and understanding. They see the positive in how Via perceives the world around her and help her turn these into her strengths. Because of this, ILLC helped turn a formerly shy little girl into a very confident and friendly one. In fact, she is now very natural in treating new acquaintances as close friends. Via looks forward to seeing her teachers and classmates. She has surely found her "tribe" in ILLC. Her dad and I can sense that the community really places importance in making each student feel that they belong, are accepted and are genuinely appreciated. This, in effect, makes Via love learning. We are sure that she will bring the love of learning with her all throughout her life and we will be forever grateful to ILLC, most especially to Teachers Archie, Coleen, Rose and Kuya Jachine, for making our daughter Via fall in love with school.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Being a Parent at ILLC

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

 

ILLC - The Right Program for our Family

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

 

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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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