by Carol Catacutan
~~ATRIEV, the pioneer computer training center for the blind, has provided computer training to 279 persons with disabilities, special education teachers, ALS teachers and parents of PWDs from Dagupan to Iligan in 2015.
In partnership with the NORFIL foundation, The Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and the Philippines – Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), ATRIEV conducted basic Windows and Android computer literacy training for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, mobility impaired and children with learning and intellectual disabilities in Regions 3, 4-A and Metro Manila cities. ATRIEV also equipped special education teachers, ALS teachers and receiving teachers from Regions 4-a and Iligan City in using computers as a tool for instruction.
Other community partners of ATRIEV include DepEd Region 4-A, the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), Area 1 Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (AVRC), the local governments of Taytay, Rizal, Carmona, Cavite and Batangas City, Camiling Central Elementary School, Tagaytay City SPED Center and the Alumni Association of the Iligan Institute of Technology (AAIIT).
ATRIEV envisions that with the use of technology, more persons with disabilities will gain access to relevant information making them more competitive in school and later on, at work.