OLONGAPO CITY – Anthony Trinidad, 16, but just in Grade 4, hobbled quietly into the room. Bright eyes peering through thick glasses, he touched his forehead with two fingers and raised the small one higher as if counting the number “1.”
“He’s saying ‘Hi!’ to you,” said Emilia Sanchez, the coordinator of the Columban College’s special education (Sped) program for the deaf and mute in Olongapo City.
By noon, almost all the boys and girls in the program had dropped by what they called the “segregation room” where Sanchez and several interpreters also held office.
Trinidad, although stricken with cerebral palsy, is more active than the rest, reaching out to others as they spoke of the morning’s activities through sign language. [Continue Reading...]