Filipino youth with disabilities made a breakthrough and impressive record during the 2016 Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities by bagging several medals in their respective event categories. The event, participated in by 16 countries, was held in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China on November 21-25, 2016.
In the e-lifemap category, Nathaniel Edward Dimalanta won a gold medal under the hearing category while his team mate Mark Christian Evangelista also snared a gold medal under the visual category. They also placed 2nd in the e-tool under the same categories with silver medals each.
Aside from Dimalanta and Evangelista, the Philippine team includes Rey Chabby Estrera and Kahlil Guanco who also bagged 1st place in the e-Design category.
These youth are students of Philippine School for the Deaf, Philippine National School for the Blind, Ramon Magsaysay High School-Cubao and NOH-School for Crippled Children.
The GITC is a project that challenges youth with disabilities to utilize ICTs to solve problems.
The event is meant for four (4) categories of disabilities – visual, hearing, mobility and intellectual disabilities whose age ranges 13-19 years old and have general knowledge on Internet Explorer web browser, MS Office and Scratch Programs.
In addition to providing them with the ability to leverage information and social participation, the GITC seeks to set ICT agenda for participating countries to boost international cooperation and exchange for accessibility.#