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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Healthy Athletes screening and Family Forum slated in Dipolog

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) – Special Olympics Philippines (SOP) through Dr. Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso, chairman of Healthy Athletes Program will conduct a Healthy Athletes Screening and Family Forum for those who are intellectually disabled on February 7, 2016 at the Conference Room of Corazon C. Aquino Hospital, located at the 3rd floor.

Special Olympics Philippines is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. 

This organizationaims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in  sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community.

Some of the projects of this Healthy Athletes Program are the “opening eyes”, “special smiles”, “healthy hearing”, “fit feet”, “fun fitness” and family forum.

Accordingly, intellectually disabled persons include those who have Down syndrome, autism, slow learners with an intelligence quotient (IQ) of less than 70, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder.
Meanwhile, the Optometric Association of the Philippines (OAP) - Zamboanga del Norte Societythrough Dr. Bernadeth S. Fellazar will spearhead the “opening eyes” project during the said event.

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy encouraged Dipolognons with family members who have intellectual disability to avail of this special privilege.