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
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
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
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
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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).