Capacity Building Forum for Hard of Hearing Persons
In celebration of the World Hearing Day 2019, the Hard of Hearing Group Philippines (HOHGP) recently held a conference entitled “Capacity Building Forum for Hard of Hearing Persons” last March 24, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena Annex Auditorium, in partnership with SM Cares, and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP).
In this event, the current situation of persons with disabilities were addressed and the potential solutions were discussed. Speaking for over 100 people in attendance were Ms. April Rose Escaros, President of HOHGP, and Mr. Bown Tang, Vice President of IFHOHYP.
The forum aims to raise awareness of the hard of hearing movement, that will eventually inspire and encourage people with affected hearing to build more confidence as they become agents of change in sending messages of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and recognition of rights.
Individuals who are not diagnosed with such impairment are encouraged to check their hearing from time to time, especially those who are at higher risk of hearing loss such as adults above 50 years, those working in noisy places, those listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time, and those experiencing ear problems.
The Hard of Hearing Group Philippines was founded on October 10, 2011, that aims to bring together HOH persons from across the Philippines to promote their rights, raise awareness on HOH and hearing loss, create HOH community and identity, and to unite their voices as one. HOHGP is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Federation of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened (APFHD).
The International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People aims to support the development of a future global society where hard of hearing young people will have equal opportunities, with appropriate support, to be integrated into the community and viewed as contributing members. This will be realized by holistic inclusion of hard of hearing young people to raise their visibility worldwide, establishment of a strong voice as inspiration for hard of hearing young people worldwide, active awareness of hearing loss and its impacts in all levels of society worldwide, recognition of hard of hearing young people’s rights and needs worldwide.