ICT enabling PWDs to work from anywhere

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The latest innovations in information and communications technology (ICT) are allowing persons with disabilities (PWDs) to become productive members of society, allowing them to work from home without having to commute to work.

Charles Rodriguez of Take1 Animation shows off his computer animation skills, controlling a mouse and keyboard with his feet at last year?s Jobs and Skills Fair for PWDs. The event will be held again at the SM North Edsa on June 19.  This year, the event will be focusing on ICTs that enable PWDs to work from home
Charles Rodriguez of Take1 Animation shows off his computer animation skills, controlling a mouse and keyboard with his feet at last year?s Jobs and Skills Fair for PWDs. The event will be held again at the SM North Edsa on June 19. This year, the event will be focusing on ICTs that enable PWDs to work from home

Online freelance work is one such ICT innovation that skilled PWDs can use to earn income and become financially independent.

Online freelance work, officially called ?impact sourcing?, is a growing trend in the Philippines, with around 100,000 Filipinos now doing online freelance work for various clients.

Impact sourcing will be featured extensively in an upcoming ICT Jobs and skills fair for PWDs titled “Work Anywhere Through ICT”.

The event is organized by the ICT Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) in cooperation with various PWD groups, ICT industry associations and SM North Edsa, the official event venue.

According to Bettina Quimson of the ICT Office, ?Persons with disabilities who have difficulty in mobility like our wheelchair users and the blind, to some extent, can already take advantage of the limitless jobs available online.?

Other than the usual ICT job fair, the event will feature technologies that help PWDs become productive. There will also be testimonials of ICT-enabled persons with disabilities who have learned to use ICT to their advantage.

“Work Anywhere Through ICT” will happen on June 19 at the Cyberzone of SM North Edsa from 11am to 6pm. Potential participants can register online.

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