Save the Children
ALRES was contracted as technical consultant to set-up 10 community-based therapy centers in the cities of Parañaque, Pateros and Taguig in partnership with their respective local governments who were beneficiaries of the Save the Children project. This entailed helping establish the physical set-up and operational processes to run the Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) sites, as well as comprehensively training paraprofessionals who would implement selected community and home interventions under the guidance of partner professionals.
There remains to be a huge supply-demand gap for speech therapists in the county, thus giving rise to this partnership with the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) supported by Mayor Dr. Dahlia Loyola, a staunch advocate for PWDs. Carmona City is recognized as a model city for PWD inclusivity. Recognizing that the main service component that was lacking was the provision of speech therapy services, the city government contracted ALRES to conceptualize and implement a Transdisciplinary Speech Therapy Project which entailed screening 50 city scholars with speech and language delays, provision of home programs, a comprehensive 2-day training workshop for parents and teachers, and a progress monitoring assessment to determine the effectiveness of home-based and school-based interventions over a one-year period. At the end of the project, significant gains in speech and language development outcomes were observed in the project beneficiaries.