This was very true when team CRS (College of Rehabilitation Sciences) led by Dean Ma. Cecilia D. Licuan, PhD inaugurated the first off-campus DLSHSI-CRS Early Childhood Intervention Outreach Facility, a satellite clinic for children with disabilities at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Elementary School in the City of Dasmariñas.
This first of off-campus clinical facilities that CRS plans to establish will serve as venues for the clinical rotation of their students and their clinical faculty. Kids who are part of this program will thus receive the rehab therapies that they need according to their specific condition. So far, more than a hundred kids have been screened to identify the kind of rehab therapy they need, whether, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Speech Therapy.
According to Dr. Jessie Layugan, principal IV of Dr. Jose P. Rizal Elementary School, this number is already more than the number of children who are formally enrolled in their Special Education Program. He says this is because parents are now taking their other children with special needs to the center and other parents who used to just keep their kids at home are also now bringing them out. “It means a lot to them to realize that they now can do something concrete for their children because we now have this facility,” he shares.
And this is only the beginning, says Dean Licuan. “We started with Dasmariñas because DLSHSI is here, but we are already working on opening facilities in other cities and towns in Cavite, and even beyond.” In fact, she adds, they are already in talks with an institution in Cebu that will follow our model.
For DLSHSI Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Ramona Luisa Santos, the goal of the program is very concrete: “We want these children to eventually be part of the regular classes, regularly schooled, and ultimately, be gainfully employed.”
The opening of the facility was held on August 1 during CRS’s celebration of Disability Week.