by Christine A. Antosada
Posted on 2018-11-23 16:35:29
The College of Arts and Education hosted a seminar-workshop entitled “Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities” with Global Observatory for Inclusion co-founder Rolando Jr. Villamero as the resource speaker last October 2, 2018 at the Grade School Audio-visual Room at 1:00 in the afternoon.
The said activity was a part of their Inclusion Caravan that aims to spread awareness on inclusive education, especially among public and private schools. It was attended by senior and undergraduate Teacher Education students.
The would-be teachers were taught various ways of addressing children with disabilities, either through Person First Language (PFL) or Identity First Language (IFL) which is evident in how the terms “child with disability” or “disabled child” are currently used in the community. The contention is that PFL focuses on the child being much more important than his/her disability as opposed to IFL which focuses more on the disability than the child with the disability being something to be celebrated and proud of. Both are dependent on a person’s perspective with regard to the issue. In addition to that, Mr. Villamero also clarified the two perceptions with regard to people’s perception – medical model and social model – with the former believing in the notion that a child underperforms in class because he/she is inherently poor in terms of intellect and the latter believing that a child’s disability is solely influenced by his/her environment.
The student attendees underwent a workshop that made them understand inclusive education a lot better. In fact, Mr. Villamero made a distinction between segregation, integration, and inclusion. He emphasized on the importance of inclusion in the classroom setting by introducing the concept of differentiated instruction in terms of content, setting, materials, and other important aspects of learning. The idea of differentiated instruction is that in order for children with disabilities to really feel welcomed and included, teachers must adjust their teaching strategies.
Being an expert on the Mission on Inclusive Education in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Rolando Villamero provides technical expertise on the area of inclusive education for children with disabilities, facilitates the conceptualization, implementation, and monitoring of projects related to inclusive education for children with disabilities, and facilitates knowledge management processes on inclusive education for children with disabilities. He has finished his Master’s Degree in Special and Inclusive Education enjoying a full scholarship from the Erasmus Mundus Program of the European Commission at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.