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Help Us Buy A New Bus

Two days a week our high school students travel to IDEA’s manufacturing shop, Hammer and Nails, for vocational training.  The trip is only about 15 minutes, but our current 20-year old bus only has seats for 20 and we have almost 40 students.   It’s not ideal, but we work around this by taking two trips and staggering the instruction.  This up-coming …

New Jagna Dormitory for the Deaf

Among the five IDEA dormitories in Bohol, the dorm in the town of Jagna is the only one not situated on the school premises. Students in Jagna walk back and forth between their dorm to get to meals and classes. While the distance to the dorm is not more than 600 meters from the school grounds, walking off campus causes …

Sign Language Class for the Local Government in Jagna

Visiting a local government office is often challenging for the Deaf. Some Deaf are courageous enough to overcome the communication barrier with basic gestures while many decide to avoid the difficulties of public communication altogether. The unfortunate reality is that the communication gap isolates many Deaf from the public. As advocates for our Deaf brothers and sisters, IDEA knows that …

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Parents Sign Language Class

Claudio thought that all he needed to communicate with his Deaf son were basic gestures and body language. When his son enrolled in school and learned sign language, Claudio soon realized how much he was missing. Claudio’s son, Dayjhay, actually had a lot to say, and Claudio could now see how limited their communication really was. Even though Dayjhay can …

Christmas 2017 Newsletter

Here is IDEA’s  Christmas 2017 Newsletter.

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BDA Intramural Games 2017

It had been a tense few weeks, and the pressure was building at Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA) as students pushed through challenging projects and exams. One sunny day on September 26, 2017, the atmosphere suddenly changed from one of intense pressure to excitement. Maricel leapt into the sunshine with eager eyes and a wide grin. As a freshman student, Maricel …