Young Voices in the Philippines has long been involved with an inclusive youth centre in the capital, Manila. This award-winning centre hosted wheelchair basketball and dancing on wheels demonstrations during its ‘school-to-school project’ that brings together young people with and without disabilities. The Young Voices spoke about disability issues with students, teachers, local government councillors and the mayor to raise their profile among legislators and fellow citizens.
Young Voices of Bahay Biyaya provided educational toys and supplies to children with disabilities in their area. Parents and siblings were included in the project’s events, giving Young Voices the opportunity to talk to them about growing up with a disability. The children also looked to Young Voices as role models for their future.
The YV members of Bahay Biyaya approached the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) to call for young people with disabilities who are already leaders or have the potential to become leaders to be included in NCDA activities.
Two Young Voices members from Bahay Biyaya attended ‘How to Become an Effective Leader’, a training course which they were invited to attend by a national youth foundation. They found the training so valuable that they persuaded the foundation to include young people with disabilities in future training activities.
Young Voices groups from several locations participated in the mall tour and parade in Quezon City. They wore Young Voices t-shirts showing the words “Changing Attitudes to Disability” and negotiated a 20% discount for people with disabilities in the Jollibee fast food restaurant chain. This is a national entitlement that it had been hard for young people with disabilities to use because they lacked the necessary national identity cards.