Super Typhoon Odette hit the island of Visayas last December 16, 2021. With this, therapy services and basic needs were not met by the people. The interns of Cebu Doctors University (CDU) Speech Language- Pathology (SLP) Cares Clinic (CSCC) have created a project aimed to assess the impact of Typhoon Odette, especially for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and to generate a plan that cultivates preparedness in case another disaster comes.
The respondents of this study were 31 clients of CDU SLP Cares Clinic. The areas looked into were the lives, infrastructures, basic needs, communication, therapy sessions/rehabilitation, disaster readiness, and disability inclusion. The study concluded that clients in CSCC are generally prepared for a disaster but not specifically catered to PWDs. It is recommended to empower the participation of the PWDs and their families in the disaster preparations to make the plans inclusive.Read the full article here.
Written by: Giann Marie C. Baguio, John Dave V. Baring, Mara Yreca C. Buzon, Ed B. Capuras Jr., Shawnae Desiree B. Daquiado, Matthew T. Isagan, April Rogeann V. Legaspina, Sushmita B. Nombre, Dasha Shannen T. Pacifico, Patricia Nicole Q. Rodriguez, Katrina Uriel R. Secretaria
Department of Speech-Language Pathology Interns, Cebu Doctors’ University, Philippines