Thursday, June 23, 2011

SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals)

This is one of the reasons why I think the University of the Philippines Diliman is one of the best universities to major Special Education here in the Philippines. There are just numerous opportunities for a Special Education (SPED) teacher to grow her knowledge.

The latest among these opportunities is being offered by UP SEC in their upcoming project
SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals).

To give a brief background on UP SEC, below is the e-mail press release sent to the UP SPED majors.

"The University of the Philippines Special Education Council (UP SEC) is an active organization based in the UP College of Education promoting Special Education in the college, university, and the greater public. Because of this advocacy, UP SEC has been chosen as a finalist in the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in 2005.

Through the years, UP SEC has been working towards establishing an organization that shall exemplify genuine concern for children in general and special learners in particular. UP SEC commits itself to forming a community that shall foster equality by providing opportunities to all individuals."

In commemoration of the 11th year of the organization, UP SEC will be hosting its major event, SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals).

This is a series of lectures on the basics of Special Education, (three Saturdays are free, lecture on the second day has film showing, “Alyana”, and admissions will not be free, tickets will be available for Php 100.00) particularly on the components of the SPED team and their respective responsibilities to the child with exceptionality.

Furthermore, the seminar aims to teach the participants on ways to carry on each responsibility within the walls of their homes. This seminar will cater to people in the community, particularly those from depressed areas in Quezon City and from neighboring cities and provinces, as well.

A.C.H.I.E.V.E. will be given by eight SPED professionals on four Saturdays of July specifically July 9, 16, 23, and 30.

All Saturdays will be held at the Benitez Theater, College of Education, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City at 11:00 am-4:00 pm on July 9, 23 &30 and 11:00 am-5:00 pm on July 16 (since there will be a film showing).

UP SEC is accepting participants in a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.

The first 150 online pre-registrants and 50 walk-ins will be accommodated.

To pre-register visit

UP SEC aims that this event would be a good opportunity to show that teachers are one with its vision of upholding the ideals of Special Education and of children in general. UP SEC is asking for help to spread awareness, conquer differences, educate and value special learners and proclaim that it’s the ability, not the disability, that counts.

To contact the organizers of SPEDminar: A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Awareness and Conquest in Helping, Educating, and Valuing the Exceptionals), their name and information is listed below.

Paula Catalan, Project Head, 09056081757,

Kathryn May Deveza
, Project Head, 09275623726,


  1. P100 pesos po overall para sa 4 saturdays? And P80 if magwatch ng film? Thanks!

    Liz of:
    Spread the WORD!

  2. Hello Liz,

    The seminars are for free. "three Saturdays are free, lecture".

    However, on the second Saturday there will be a film showing of “Alyana”, and admissions will NOT be free, tickets will be available for Php 100.00"

    If your a student, then the discounted price is P80. But if your feeling generous, just pay the P100 and treat the P20 as part of your donation to the organization. Again just a suggestion. :)

    Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I am a single mother with a child having ADHD. He is now in his Grade VI that's why I am scouting a Public High School that accepts kids with said problem.

    Also, I am interested to be a member of so that I can correctly handle my son's situation and maybe of help also to other parents who have children with same defects.

    Pls. guide me how I can be a member of such org and the public or private high school that handles student with ADHD at an affordable cost.

    Charrie E.
    939.9612; 939.5723 loc 231

  4. Hi Charrie,

    I send you an e-mail. Hope it finds you in time.