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By: The Membership Formation Department SPICNIC First semester’s SPICNIC was inspired by the YouTube videos of SoulPancake that featured strangers having deep, interesting conversations facilitated by questions stuck on the objects given to them. In SPEED’s SPICNIC, there were six kuwentuhan stations wherein the Speple were given a chance to talk and share their thoughts […]
By: Advocacy Department A newly-launched project, SPEED Week: A Disability Awareness Week sought to further promote awareness for the special needs sector within the larger Ateneo community and beyond. Through interdepartmental efforts, SPEED Week was brought alive, and with it the valiant attempt to show the world that persons with special needs ought to be […]
In its pursuit of an inclusive society, the Ateneo Special Education Society (Ateneo SPEED) organizes several events to get the outside community involved in the sector, and thereby spreading awareness about the cause.
Ateneo SPEED’s flagship project is Sparkle, a Christmas celebration with the kids. Held on Ateneo grounds, the project is an avenue for students from special needs institutions and volunteers from all around to interact and get to know each other. SPEED’s partner institutions are invited to the event, as well as other special needs institutions, and every year over a hundred students celebrate Christmas on Ateneo grounds. In recent years, a weeklong pre-event project offers Ateneans the opportunity to sponsor loot bags and various other items for our student participants, as well as to sign up to volunteer as a facilitator for the event. Sparkle is also host to several performers and various organizations that set up activity booths for the kids to explore. It is a wonderful opportunity for our volunteers to catch a glimpse into the sector and its situation, to dispel any misconceptions they might have about PWSNs. It is a celebration of the spirit of Christmas in its truest form.
Ways to Help: Volunteer to be a facilitator, Sponsor a loot bag, Set up an activity booth, Volunteer to perform
Another SPEED favorite is Splendour, our annual special prom. SPEED organizes a full-blown prom to give our kids the opportunity to experience this unique milestone, where they can apply and further develop their socialization skills. Volunteer dates sign up to take part in this heartwarming event, and they get to spend a fun-filled night getting to know the kids. The kids and their dates get to enjoy a night of fun, meeting new friends and enjoying various performances. This year, Splendour was preceded by a weeklong event where non-SPEED members were given the opportunity to support the project by signing up to be a prom date or sponsoring a flower crown for the participating kids.
Ways to Help: Volunteer to be a date, Sponsor a flower crown, Volunteer to perform
An effort that was newly launched this school year is SPEED Week: A Disability Awareness Week. The weeklong event is another effort to raise awareness and promote inclusivity and acceptance among the Ateneo community, featuring such events as an advocacy talk aimed at dispelling myths and misconceptions, a workshop on Down Syndrome, a weeklong fundraiser called Spectrum that featured shirts designed by our area kids, the #NoToLabels poster campaign, and a completely new initiative called Kids at Work which sees some area kids helping out around campus. The whole week is a nod to inclusivity, a prelude to the events of the year and a strong push for awareness around campus.
Ways to Help: Sign up to be a Kids at Work buddy, Share awareness posters, Buy Spectrum shirts, Attend talks
Another way SPEED contributes to the development of our partner area institutions is through financial means. The organization is able to contribute in this way due to its evolving portfolio of Finance projects. This year’s roster includes Sploat, a new fundraising event featuring colorful hand-made stuffed hot air balloons symbolizing four general attitudes SPEED upholds: happiness, acceptance, growth, and love. Another project new to SPEED’s arsenal this year is Spectacular, a concert featuring students from the organization’s partner special needs institutions and performers from all around the Metro, in celebration of the inclusive society that SPEED envisions. An old favorite, Spectrum, also returns integrated with SPEED Week. Spectrum is a shirt-selling fundraiser featuring shirt designs by students from partner area institutions, as well as distinct quotes that speak to the advocacy. Another mainstay, SPEED’s caroling project returns with a new name: Spotlight. Proceeds from Spotlight directly fund SPEED’s Wishlist Project, whereby the organization fulfills its partner area institutions’ Christmas Wishlists to further develop their special needs facilities and programs.
Ways to Help: Purchase a Sploat, purchase a shirt (Spectrum), volunteer to perform for Spectacular, purchase a ticket and watch Spectacular, volunteer a house for caroling (Spotlight)
The Apostolate department, in charge of all things to do with SPEED’s partner area institutions, also brings to the larger Ateneo community and beyond opportunities to participate in area visits and workshops. Open Area weeks allow non-members of the organization to take part in SPEED’s weekly area visits, with proper training provided by the Apostolate department. Another effort to further spread awareness about PWSNs in the Ateneo is the SPEED Area Workshop Series (SPAWS), held twice a year. This effort brings to the Ateneo various Special Education organizations and professionals to further develop the skills and knowledge about interacting with PWSNs of SPEED members and non-members alike.
Ways to Help: Sign up for Open Area, Attend SPAWS