Autism and the National Autism Consciousness Week

The term autism was first used by Eugen Bleuler in 1908 to describe a patient “who had withdrawn into his own world”. He used the term to refer to persons with morbid admiration and withdrawal within self. It came from the Greek word “autos”, which means “self”. More than a century later, studies revealed that…

HI participates in hearing re: suffrage of persons with disabilities

The Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms of the House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss eight house bills concerning early and local absentee voting procedures for persons with disabilities, older people and people with work during election days. Handicap International (HI) participated in the said hearing to provide inputs for the improvement of…

HI helping PRC be more inclusive

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) aspire to improve their organization by providing a comprehensive set of services for the people in vulnerable conditions and become a more inclusive of persons with disabilities with the goal of becoming one of the foremost humanitarian organizations in the country. To achieve this, PRC sought the expertise of Handicap…

IDPD 2016: Focusing on disability and sustainable development

The world population is over 7 billion and the United Nations (UN) estimates that 1 billion people (15 per cent) live with some form of disability; 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries. “Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with…

Sigma local officials commit to protect rights, address issues of persons with disabilities

Sigma, Capiz – More than 60 local government officials of the municipality, including all of the 21 barangay (village) captains, participated in the Awareness Raising on Disability Rights of Handicap International (HI). Moreover, officers and members of Sigma Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) Federation participated in the activity. The activity was conducted in the frame of…

HI leads celebration of 2016 NDPR Week in Capiz

The heavy down pour failed to dampen the high spirits of the participants of the first “Walk for Disability Rights and Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction” of the Municipality of Sigma, Province of Capiz. The activity pushed through as more than 100 locals joined the activity. They were mostly members of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) of…

DIDRR orientation reaches 120 locals of QC

This year, Handicap International (HI), as part of the national organizing committee for the celebration of the 2016 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, joined other organizations and agencies in identifying activities for the said event. They decided to conduct an orientation on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DIDRR) that aimed to inform DRR…

Inclusive CBDRRM training manual finalized, to be launched

Its geographical location, exposure to increasing and extreme climate change-induced weather events and the vulnerability of at-risk persons make the Philippines one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. With this, different agencies and organizations working with at-risk persons including children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities developed an inclusive community-based disaster risk…

Stakeholders, partners of REBUILD commit to sustain project’s initiatives

RIZAL PROVINCE – Ensuring the sustainability of its initiatives of the past three years and a half, stakeholders and partners of Handicap International’s outgoing REBUILD Project have signified their commitment in assuming responsibility of future activities and plans that are in line with the project’s advocacies. Their vow was solidified during the project’s exit workshop…