Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (PADS) (PHL-55)


Type: Youth, Education, Disabled, Children - Country: Philippines

Brief description and main aims

Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (PADS) is an independent non-governmental organization, working to enable the PWD community to grow and develop as independently integrated, fully human and empowered citizens in society.
PADS works closely with various partners and stakeholders on programs that aim to promote deaf human rights and volunteering for the deaf community, increase participation of the deaf in the electoral processes and enhance skills access and opportunities of the Filipino Sign Language (FSL).
It is part of he “Break the Silence” (BTS) Network in the Philippines, a campaign strategy started by the Stairway Foundation Inc. to advocate for child sexual abuse prevention. PADS plays a vital role in the BTS network as it brings in a unique, much-needed expertise and program experience on working with deaf children and adults. 
 
PAD aims to:
  • Establish a disability – Inclusive Filipino Society
  • Develop an inclusive compassionate society where Person with Disabilities (PWD’s) can realize their full potentials as co-equal partners in nation-building.
  • Serve as an advocacy arena where concerned individuals and institutions work together to promote the rights and entitlements as well as issues and concerns of the disability community
  • Function as a knowledge and resource center for the disability community and their families.
  • Allow the disability community to act as advocates in the areas of disability inclusion.
  • Train and form volunteers with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to become competent and creative people; who are open to change; having a deep sense of justice and faith expressed in their concern and commitment to the service of the disadvantaged especially the Deaf.
  • Deepen her/his acceptance of self and others and to develop the inner freedom to make a responsible commitment as volunteers
  • Develop his/her being as a person for others in relationships with the Deaf, fellow volunteers and people in general

Main Activities

PADS's main activities include:
  • Special education on knowledge, skills and attitude as well as life skills
  • Deaf community organizing
  • Capacity building of deaf organizations
  • Deaf rights advocacy
  • Deaf education(formal, non-formal and catechism/religion, sposrts,arts, etc.)
  • Adoptive Sports Program and Adoptive drago Boat 
  • Facilitators, logistics, coordinators for seminars, workshops, retreats and recollections and Deaf camps

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer is expected to:
  • Participate in sports and recreational activities
  • Assist the staff/ trainers/facilitators in volunteer preparation activities
  • Assist the staff in the daily office work like development of promotional materials like print, audio and video presentations
  • Assist volunteer related advocacy campaigns in schools, communities, institutions and other events
  • Mingle with the  PWD, volunteers and other clients/partners without prejudice and share his/her experiences from the country where s/he came from

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should be:
  • Committed and dedicated
  • Willing to make a difference in the Deaf community
  • Competent and creative
  • Love sports
  • Flexible, open-minded and able to adapt to the local situation
  • Willing to learn sign language - previous knowledge is an advantage
  • Independent and able to work with little supervision
  • Innovative, industrious, adventurous and fun loving
  • Commited to regular updates/reporting/monitoring through mobile, online communication

Location

Urgello Cebu ctiy.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a Host Family (expect to have a shared room with your host sister or brother).

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