When the School for the Deaf and Blind was established in 1907, thus was the birth

of Special Education (or SPED) in the Philippines. Then, in 1976, the Philippine Association for the Deaf (PAD) spearheaded the Hearing Conservation Week which was born through the Presidential Proclamation 1587, duly signed by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Activities for the Hearing Conservation Week were used to be taken care of by a sole committee but during the early 80’s, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other schools for the deaf were invited. It was also during this time that the celebration of the Hearing Conservation Week, initially the third week of October, be celebrated the third week of November. In 1991, this time initiated by the Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) and the Philippine Institute for the Deaf (PID), then President Corazon C. Aquino signed Presidential Proclamation 829 declaring November 10-16 as Deaf Awareness Week (DAW). As stated in the proclamation it is in recognition of the deaf as a vital segment of society which can be transformed into a significant force in the efforts for national development and the need to focus public awareness on deafness, its prevention and rehabilitation. Source: www.pinoysped.blogspot.com

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