SOME 269 children with disabilities are now undergoing therapy at the city government-supported Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center 9 (STAC9).
STAC9 which renders free assistance and treatment to children with disabilities (CWDs) has identified 115 of these have physical disabilities, 49 have sensory disabilities and 29 are for medical and surgical operations. All of them become automatic beneficiaries of STAC.
According to Arnold Pinlac, center physical therapist, said the children visit the center two to three times a week for their regular treatment session which lasts for 1-1 ½ hours.
He said that some beneficiaries with behavioral and physical deficiencies are now displaying progress after series of rehabilitation treatment sessions.
SPED coordinators continue to facilitate the enrolment and integration of the beneficiaries in regular schools with other pupils. Regular visit at the schools is conducted to monitor the performance of the integrated children.
To enhance the knowledge of parents on various disabilities, the causes, prevention and basic rehabilitation management, a 2nd parents training program was staged last June 15 and 16. Teachers at some regular schools also underwent an “orientation and workshop for receiving teachers.”
STAC-Dagupan recently marked its 2nd year anniversary with various activities staged. There was a thanksgiving mass and a short program attended by Vice Mayor Alvin Fernandez, City Administrator Rafael Baraan, Councilor Farah Decano, City Health Officer Dr. Leonard Carbonell, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Elsa Santillan, non-government organizations, parents and the beneficiaries.