Guidelines on the Selection for the Recognition of Visually Impaired Achievers

June 24, 2010

I.Introduction

The Recognition of Visually Impaired Achievers (ROVIA) Award was conceived by the Inter-Agency Committee of the White Cane Safety Day annual observance pursuant to Republic Act No. 6759.

This is the second attempt to recognize the capabilities of the Filipino with visual impairment. The award recognizes the outstanding feats and distinctive contributions of visually impaired persons (VIPs) in various fields of human endeavors. Likewise, it serves as an advocacy for instilling public awareness of the blind person achievements as partners in community development and nation building.

The award serves as a venue in identifying and showcasing “outstanding achievements” in academic, literary, sports, livelihood, and community service, among others.

II.Description

The Recognition of Visually Impaired Achievers (ROVIA) Award is a project of the
White Cane Inter-Agency Committee to highlight the annual observance of the White Cane
Safety Day on August 1, 2010.

The award is open to all visually impaired whose ages range from fifteen (15) to
forty (40) years, who have shown outstanding ability and character to develop their
gifts/talents/potentials and utilized them in the service of the sector, community and the rest of the society.

The awarding shall be done on August 1 to coincide with the celebration of the
White Cane Safety Day.

I.Objectives:

A.General

To institutionalize the recognition of visually impaired person’s outstanding facts/contributions in various fields of human endeavors.

B.Specific:

1.Give recognition to the distinctive contributions of visually impaired youth in academics, literary (arts/music/poetry/journalism/essay), sports, livelihood (employment, entrepreneurship, and community involvements).

2.Promote the capabilities of visually impaired youth in the pursuit of their endeavors.

3.Heighten awareness of the community on the capabilities of visually impaired youth.

4.Inspire/motivate/encourage visually impaired persons to contribute to nation building.

II.The Contest:

A.Eligibility Criteria

The nominee should be:

1. 15 to 40 years old;

2. Of good moral standing in the community where he/she resides;

3.Nominated by the group he/she belongs; and

4.He/she should be endorsed by at least two recognized officials in the community where he/she resides.

B. Awards Criteria

Winners may come from public or private sectors. Awards will be conferred to winners adjudged with outstanding accomplishment in the following areas:

1.Academics
2.Music
3.Arts
4.Poetry
5.Journalism
6.Essay
7.Sports
8.Livelihood/Entrepreneurship
9.Competitive Employment
10.Community Involvement

The winners shall be evaluated according to the following basic criteria:

1.Must be fifteen (15) to forty (40) years of age;
2.Has shown outstanding ability and character to develop his/her gifts/talents/potentials and utilizes them in the service of the sector and community.

C.Mechanics/Procedures and Rules of Selection

1.Any individual and recognized institution may submit nominations.

2.All nominations should be submitted to the inter-Agency Committee for the White Cane Safety Day Observance vis-à-vis, DepED, DSWD, DOTC, PBU, NCDA, RBI, PIA, DOH, DOLE, PAVIC.

3.Nominations should be justified and properly supported with relevant documents, such as the following:

a.Original/certified true copy of birth certificate
b.Original/certified true copy of form 138
c.Diploma or transcript of records
d.Barangay certification of residency
e.Certificates and other evidences of leadership/participation in school/community activities, civic activities, trainings, seminars, workshops etc.

4.Accomplished forms should be submitted with three (3) postcard size and full view, glossy black and white photographs of nominee.

1.The finalists shall be chosen from among those who shall submit the aforementioned documents.

2.The National Board of Judges (composed of DepED, DSWD, PBU. RBI, NCDA, DOLE, DOTC, PAVIC, PIA, DOH) shall meet to deliberate and decide the ten (10) finalists.

3.The winners shall receive cash prize, plaque and certificate of recognition during the awarding ceremony which will be held on August 1, 2010 during the White Cane Safety Day Celebration.

4.DepEd and PBU shall serve as Secretariat.

5.Deadline for submission of Nomination Form will be June 30.

6.All Nomination Forms will be submitted to:

The Secretariat
ROVIA Awards
Special Education Division
Bureau of Elementary Education
DepED, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

Download ROVIA NOMINATION FORM

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June 15, 2010

Everything from stigma to statistics-experts hash it out in Voices Report

Doha, Qatar, The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD) would like to announce the completion of project CHILD Voices from Around the World Special Report. In 2009 the DIIFSD, in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University, initiated an international study on the status o children with disabilities and their families entitled Children and the International Landscape of Disabilities (Project CHILD). Findings from the study were recently presented at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (May 2010).

Over the course of Project CHILD, 102 disability experts were interviewed in 57 countries whose combined populations represent 71 percent of the world’s people. One of the most striking discoveries was that when talking about children with disabilities and their families, there are more similarities than differences.

This report, while documenting positive, transformational change, also reveals that children with disabilities around the world, especially those in developing countries, face significant barriers with respect to social inclusion, education and access to medical care. said Hissa Al Thani, Special Rapporteur on Disability to the United Nations (2003 – 2009).

DIIFSD anticipates that Project CHILD will increase understanding regarding the effects of disability on children and their families; provide helpful information regarding available assistance and resources; encourage increased cooperative action by local, regional and international stakeholders; and spur much-needed action. This report can be accessed at http://fsd.org.qa/doha/home/projectchild.asp and findings are scheduled to be presented to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 18th, 2010.

The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, established in 2005, serves as a global center for providing academic research, interdisciplinary studies, and policy initiatives in support, development, and implementation of family-friendly policies and programs around the world. The Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University serves as a key collaborative partner of the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD). The PPRI is a social problem research institute, focusing on critical societal issues such as education, health and the welfare of families and children.

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If you would like more information about this report, or to schedule an interview, please call Dr. Charles Johnson at 979-845-8800 or email projectchild@ppri.tamu.edu.

PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Texas A&M University

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