Basic ICT (Windows and Word) for SPED Teachers Training 2019

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Enrollment for Basic ICT for Teachers Training is now open

ATRIEV will conduct a 5-day training for the teachers of special education, alternative learning system, or rehabilitation specialists for persons with visual impairment. This training teaches the participants on how to use a computer (particularly Microsoft Windows OS and Microsoft Word application in tandem with a screen reader) as a teaching tool.

When: Nov. 16, 2019 to Dec. 14, 2019 (Saturdays only); 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Where: ATRIEV training center, Rooms 308 Timbol Singh Bldg. No. 2, 915 Aurora Blvd. Corner Albany St., Cubao, Quezon City

Training participants who will be successful in completing the training will receive the corresponding certificates.

Please register with ATRIEV not later than November 13, 2019 to assure your slot in the training. Hurry! Limited slots are available. Registration is on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. To register, please feel free to contact us at +63977-705-9766 and +63923-616-4376 and look for Ms. Marsh Balcueva. Please contact us from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday

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White Cane Safety Day Celebration 2019

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Where It All Started

For centuries around the world, cane, staff or stick was used to guide blind people in their travels. It was used to alert them of the obstacles in their paths. The use of white cane was claimed to have started in 1921 which was attributed to James Briggs, a Bristol photographer who lost his sight due to an accident. He used the cane for the pedestrians and vehicle users to know that he was blind. He chose to paint his cane white so it would be visible even at night. From then, white cane was used not just to aid persons with visual impairment but to serve as a sign for people to know their disability.

In the Philippines, the “White Cane Safety Day” was celebrated every first of August in accordance with RA 6759 of 1989, which declares that it is the policy of the state to promote and protect the physical, moral, and social wellbeing of all persons with visual impairment.

Since then, efforts have been made to celebrate the “White Cane Safety Day” by organizing programs and services for visually impaired and spread awareness to persons without disability.

The Advocacy Continues

For the “Sight Saving Month,” which is celebrated every August, the “White Cane Safety Day” served as an opening activity. Different programs like Braille writing contest was held.

The theme for the 30th White Cane Safety Day Celebration was “Puting Baston, Simbolo ng Kalayaan ng Taong May Kapansanan sa Paningin: Dapat Kilalanin, Igalang at Pagtibayin.” This theme emphasizes the role of the white cane as the symbol that someone is a person is blind or visually impaired.

As part of the grand celebration, an activity called “White Cane Walk” led by the Philippine Blind Union. The walkathon was joined by different organizations such as resources for the blind, Visuals, NOVEL, and other organizations. ATRIEV also joined the walkathon at least 25 representatives including the staff, trainers, and trainees.

The White Cane Walk started from Camp Aguinaldo Gate 2 Capinpin avenue and walk along the North bound lane of EDSA towards the People Power Monument where the program proper was held. Hundreds of visually impaired walked with their White Canes as a symbol of their freedom.

The program’s guest honor representing DepEd Sec. Briones was Undersecretary Tonisito Umali of the Events and Legal Affairs and Liason Office of the Department of Education. Philippine Blind Union gave away White Canes and braille with stylus. BENETECH-Bookshare, a non-profit organization which advocacy is Global Literacy and Inclusion gave away 3 Google Nexus Tablets through Philippine Representative Ms. Aggie Angeles.

Looking Forward

Looking back the journey for having an inclusive society for the visually impaired has gone a long way. The celebration of the White Cane Safety Day won’t end in the celebration itself. It will continue through the organizations who work hard to organize events that will spread awareness, through the visually impaired who show their talents and skills, and prove to everyone that disability will never be a hindrance to one’s success, and to people who strive to understand people with visual impairment and treat them as equals. With this, we are looking forward to a more accessible community for the visually impaired.

MOA Signing Between ATRIEV and Capiz State University: Building Bridges Towards Inclusive Society

Image contains Ms. Lourdes Borgonia (ATRIEV’s program coordinator), Dr. May Dumapig (campus administrator), Dr. Judel Protacio (dean of College of Education, Arts and Sciences), Ms. Sandra Escabarte (CapSU Pontevedra Extension in-charge), and Dr. Matilde Tonel( extension coordinator) signing the MOA contract.

Over the years, ATRIEV has been successful in making its mission possible in transforming the lives of hundreds of people with visual impairment and educating thousands of teachers, parents and other stakeholders through its programs and services. Of course, it will not happen without the support and assistance of different private and public institutions such as schools, universities, companies and other agencies.

Taking steps to Possibilities

Capiz State University(CapSU), a public educational institution, has expressed care and support for persons with visual impairment in Visayas and decided to sign a memorandum of agreement in partnership with ATRIEV.

CapSU was no longer a newbie when it comes to trainings for visually-impaired students and for teachers because Dr. May D. Dumapig, the CapSU-Pontevedra campus administrator, is a mother to a low vision person, and has already joined a lot of ATRIEV’s computer trainings for teachers and parents in the past years. ATRIEV had also conducted a five-day Android training of trainers for the first time in the same campus last 2016, and was attended by 30 SPED teachers, student teachers and CapSU teaching personnel.

On July 22, 2019 , CapSU-Pontevedra has finally strengthened the bind between ATRIEV and CapSU through a MOA signing that will be effective within three years. It was represented by the ATRIEV trainers, Ms. Lourdes Borgonia (ATRIEV’s program coordinator), Dr. May D. Dumapig (campus administrator), Dr. Judel V. Protacio (dean of College of Education, Arts and Sciences), Ms. Sandra Escabarte (CapSU Pontevedra Extension in-charge), and Dr. Matilde C. Tonel( extension coordinator). It was held during the opening ceremony for the five-day Windows trainers training and was witnessed by the representatives from different schools, stakeholders and linkages around the province of Capiz.

Both parties agreed to join force for a program titled “BALIKATAN”, under the banner program of CapSU-Pontevedra, Extension Department with the slogan: “Suporta sa Aton Komunidad para sa paglab-ot sang ila Damgo kag Gugma sa Pagbag-o – support for our community to reach their dreams and to love change (SAKDAG-sa Pagbag-o).”

This program aims to increase community awareness and participation on inclusive education, launch support programs for students with special needs, develop a more committed and competent faculty to handle students with special needs, and equip persons with disabilities the appropriate skills and knowledge in using technology for learning and entrepreneurial ventures.

These will be conducted through activities such as training for teachers and students with special needs, training of trainers for the visually impaired on using computer applications and Community-based training for stakeholders and persons with disability.

Join Us with Our Mission

Compared to other progressive countries, it’s still a long way for us to achieve a friendly society for persons with disability, however, leading this kind of partnership project would be a great start in breaking barriers and building bridges towards inclusion and accessibility.

Just like what Helen Keller quoted, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Let’s work hand-in-hand in accomplishing our mission to empower persons with disability, improve their way of living, stop stereotyping, inculcate disability awareness and encourage inclusion for all.

Sitel Academy Plust ATRIEV 2018

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In memories of one of the most hardworking, versatile and inspiring family member of ATRIEV, Ms. Mariel Valbuena.

To the family, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. This might be a very tough time for you but we hope that you will find the comfort and love you seek through our prayers.

To Mariel, thank you for the laughter, optimism, inspiration and positive vibes that you have shared with us. We lost a jewel like you, but your memories will be kept in our hearts forever. You will be greatly missed and remembered by everyone.

Goodbye Mariel, and may your soul rest in peace.

“OrCam: Breakthrough Assistive Device Now In ATRIEV”

ATRIEV Board Remir Romualdo with representatives from OrCam, Aboitiz Foundation, St. Joseph Foundation and the 5 beneficiary institutions after the MOA signing.

True to its name and slogan of “Creating vision beyond sight” – the Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV) recently signed on June 13 a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to become one of the six organizations as beneficiaries of the 25 OrCam MyEye 2.0 from Aboitiz Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.

OrCam MyEye 2.0 is the world’s most advanced wearable assistive technology device, that increases the independence of people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading difficulties through its tiny, intuitive smart camera. This powerful pocket computer, the size of a lipstick case, easily attaches magnetically onto the eyeglasses, uses Artificial Intelligence, that instantly reads text, recognizes faces, identifies products, bank notes, tells you the time, date, and more, just by pointing your finger, tapping the button on the side, or doing gestures. This is the same AI technology installed in smart cars or the Autonomous Vehicles.

The MOA with Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and St. Joseph Foundation Inc. entrusted five out of the twenty-five OrCam units to ATRIEV for the next two years. And this happened barely four months before the organization’s celebration of its 25th founding anniversary.

“OrCam will be very helpful to us. This will allow our trainers who are either blind or still with light perception to use the breakthrough device in their different community-based deployments in far-flung areas. Our trainers doesn’t only handle visually impaired people, but also sighted PWD trainees in these communities,” said Antonio D. Llanes Jr., Executive Director of ATRIEV who signed the MOA.

ATRIEV graduates, who are gainfully employed, and even students doing research and are running for academic top honors in the secondary and tertiary levels may also qualify to borrow this hi-tech device at the office from Program Coordinator Lourdes B. Borgonia. They must comply with all the requirements of the organization, which was duly approved by Aboitiz Foundation. Each borrower is only given a maximum of three months to use the device, based from ATRIEV’s Electronic Device Loan Agreement form.

“For those who are interested in borrowing OrCam from ATRIEV, we will soon be offering training to our pool of trainers and graduates, on how to use and take care of this very expensive, but highly advanced assistive device,” the founding father of ATRIEV added.

The 25 OrCam MyEye 2.0 assistive device that are strictly on loan to the six institutions serving the visually impaired will remain as the property of Aboitiz Foundation Inc., the social arm of Aboitiz group.

“The Aboitiz Foundation is pioneering an incredible initiative with OrCam’s breakthrough artificial vision technology. Meeting the recipient organizations and the wonderful team from ATRIEV was a critical part of what made the launch event and training successful, and very special. Everyone was kind, professional and a pleasure to work with. We’re excited and proud to launch OrCam’s assistive technology in the Philippines,” said Jon Wolff, OrCam Technologies Regional Director for Australia and Asia who demonstrated on how to use the wearable hi-tech device.

Education frees the people

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Happy 80th Birthday to our beloved Mr. Peter L. Wallace, Chairman/President Emeritus of ATRIEV from 2002 to 2019. We thank you for being a blessing to ATRIEV and to the blind. Wishing you 80 more years of serving others!

The featured image was taken during ATRIEV’s Graduation Ceremonies in 2016 where Peter Wallace, ATRIEV Chairman/President Emeritus was our Guest Speaker.

Education frees the people (1)

Let the PWD Voice be Heard; Vote on May 13!

Image of Mr. Antonio Llanes Jr in the Asia Foundation publication about CfC Reform Story 10_Fully Abled Nation Making Elections More Inclusive.

Credits to the Asia Foundation.
Image taken from their publication about CfC Reform Story 10_Fully Abled Nation Making Elections More Inclusive!
Let us exercise our right to vote and elect the leaders who will be part of our cause. Let us actively participate and not be content as observers only.

We have provided an accessible list of senatorial candidates so that you can start preparing your own list. Check out the names. Do your research so that we will choose the right people who will truly serve our country.

We also encourage you to share your experience on election day on our facebook page.

So let’s go out and vote!

ICS Summer 2019 Announcement

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Nakapasa ka ba sa ATRIEV’s Access Technology in Popular Applications, PC Operations with Access Technology, o Digital Literacy Training programs? Gusto mo bang matutong gumawa ng website?

Invited ka na mag-join sa 40-day training ng Intro to Computer Science. Dito ka matututo mag-develop ng web pages at mag-audit ng accessibility ng website’s. Hindi lang ‘yan, ituturo rin sa’yo ang technical writing na maari mong magamit sa pagsusulat ng audit report at iba pang bagay.

Inclusive Date: April 8 to May 28, 2019
Class Schedule: Monday to Saturday – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Class Duration: 40 days
Location: ATRIEV Training Center, 3rd Floor, 1680 Corner E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. and Los Angeles Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

Ano pang hinihintay mo? Sali na!

Registration deadline is on or before April 2, 2019. First-come, 1st serve basis po ito. May tuition fee sponsorship para sa applicants up to 35 years old.
Para sa karagdagang detalye, maaari po kayong mag-text o tumawag sa +632-411-1664, +632-725-4191, +63977-705-9766 at +63923-616-4376. Pakihanap na lang po si Ms. Marsh Balcueva, Lunes hanggang Byernes lamang, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Empowering Persons with Disabilities through IT

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For the past two decades, technology has tremendously changed the way we live our lives. We can do video chat with our loved ones overseas in real time. We can edit and share documents, presentations and games anywhere any time. We have our groceries, clothes, gadgets and even cabs right at our doorstep using online apps. We can earn dollars right in the comforts of our homes through online jobs. Technology has also provided persons with disabilities a tool to compete in the knowledge-based economy of today.
The CBM Livelihood Cluster composed of four NGOs working for and with persons with disabilities, in partnership with Microsoft Philippines, CBM Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University/Education Department and NORFIL Foundation will conduct an Employers Forum with the theme, “WE CAN DO I.T. Using Information Technology to Expand Work Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities” to be held on Thursday, 22 November 2018 at Microsoft Philippines, 8th Floor, 6750 Ayala Office Tower 6750 Ayala Avenue Makati.

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The forum’s Keynote message will be delivered by Mr. Nicki Agcaoili, Executive Director for Industry and External Affairs, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). The forum will showcase IT-related employment initiatives of private and public institutions for persons with disabilities. Companies hiring persons with disabilities and persons with disabilities employed in the IT industry will also share their success stories.
In the afternoon, a digital literacy training manual for teaching the blind and a website serving as an employment hub for persons with disabilities will be launched to be led by Mr. Rainer Guetler, Country Director, CBM Country Office Philippines.
The Digital Literacy Training Manual is a comprehensive step-by-step guide for teachers and trainers who want to introduce the use of Microsoft productivity tools in tandem with a screen reader software in teaching the visually impaired. The manual also includes modules on soft skills customized to the needs and abilities of the visually impaired.
The manual is written by visually impaired trainers themselves who have shared their years of experience in teaching digital literacy as well as soft skills to the visually impaired. It is a joint project of ATRIEV I.T. Center for the Blind, Microsoft and Ateneo de Manila University, Education Department.
Also to be launched is www.equals.org.ph, an on-line job and livelihood resource hub connecting Persons with Disabilities seeking employment or entrepreneurship in the Philippines managed by Foundation for These-Abled Persons, Inc. (FTI). The website is a place where employers can also post their announcement for job openings.
150 participants from various companies, persons with disability groups, government agencies and local government units are expected to join the forum to learn about best practices and new tools and resources for maximizing an untapped work force called persons with disabilities.

About the Organizers
ATRIEV, or Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually-Impaired, is a not-for-profit organization that runs a range of training programs on computer literacy, accessible technologies, transcription, and blog writing; language communication and public speaking; and life skills, such as work ethic, working in teams, and self-affirmation for the blind, their families and their communities.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), particularly the office of Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Institute (SBJHI) offers free basic computer operations in certificate in computer application, behavioral training and bookkeeping to all persons with disabilities.
Foundation for TheseAbled Persons Inc. (FTI) is a non-profit organization that aims to enable emerging and existing organizations of persons with disabilities to become economically self-sufficient and to meaningfully participate through Capacity development, Bridge-Financing Assistance, Advocacy and Lobbying and Alliance Building.
Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) is a national disability focused organization that promotes and protects the rights of PWDs in the Philippines. LCDPFI adapts a one stop shop model that provides livelihood support and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Other Partners
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building, Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy.
Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) is an international development organization committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. CBM addresses poverty as a cause and consequence of disability and works in partnership with local development organization to create an inclusive society for persons with disability.