A treat for special achievers


    PEOPLE with disabilities have the potential to excel in the arts. This is the message conveyed to around 400 participants who attended the recent screening of “POSIBLE: SPED Students’ Pursuit of the Arts,” a 40-minute documentary that featured the journey of 35 SPED students as they train in different artistic fields.

    Produced by Special Achievers and directed by Mige Espeña, “POSIBLE: SPED Students’ Pursuit of the Arts” featured students from San Antonio National High School, together with their parents, mentors and supporters. This documentary presents what happens when the community comes together to uplift children and youth with disability.

    “We are honored and delighted to be partners with Special Achievers for this project. By working together with advocates, we hope to do our share in creating a barrier-free and disability inclusive environment for all persons with special needs. We want to make each and every SM Mall, a mall for all, and we hope that the community can join us in recognizing the abilities of SPED students and all persons with different needs,” said SM AVP for CSR Marketing Chito Bauzon.

    Held at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema 1, the event was made possible through a partnership between SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, SM Cinema, and Special Achievers, a non-government organization which helps children and youth with disability reach their potential the fields of arts, music, sports, and vocational skills.
    The audience came from various schools and organizations including National Council on Disability Affairs, Philippine Academy of Occupational Therapists Inc., Philippines Association of Speech Pathologists, Autism Society of the Philippines, faculties from De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf and Applied Studies, La Salle College of Rehabilitation Sciences, UP Manila College of Allied Medical Professions, and Company of Ateneo Dancers.

    The event also received support from actress Glaiza De Castro who gave her feedback on the documentary and joined Special Achievers artists in a song number. Timmy Cruz, Special Achievers’ celebrity mentor also graced the event.

    For more about Special Achievers, visit https://www.specialachievers.com/, or https://www.facebook.com/SpecialAchievers/.