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Shortage of occupational therapists limits help for PWDs

March 4, 2013

Audio slideshow by JENNYVEE SY

PERSONS with disabilities are guaranteed the right to habilitation and rehabilitation by both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWDs and the country’s Magna Carta for PWDs.

Yet the outmigration of Filipino physical and occupational therapists to richer countries has severely impaired the delivery of this service to PWDs, especially to children.

The World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability identifies the Philippines as among the countries most affected by the migration of therapists and its knock-on effect called the “global care chain” “In their home countries, other relatives have to step in to act as caregivers,” the report said.

Raina Reyes, 24, a licensed occupational therapist, tells Jennyvsee Sy in this audio slideshow what happens when there aren’t enough therapists in the country:

Read the script.

(The audio slideshow was produced by Jennyvee Sy, a senior journalism student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, for her J196 seminar class under VERA Files trustee Yvonne T. Chua.) 


Sayaw Hataw Galaw from Link Center for the Deaf on Vimeo.

In partnership with Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship, LINK Center for the Deaf has launched a series of road shows to help raise deaf awareness in different communities.
The LINK Center for the Deaf Performing Arts Group and the Quezon City Performing Arts Development Foundation Inc., performed on July 5 at the Festival Mall in Alabang.
The second road show was held on July 25 at the Eastwood Mall in Quezon City.
The upcoming shows:
Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo – Aug. 1
Robinson’s Magnolia, Quezon City – Aug. 8,

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