SIMON works with Disabled People’s Organizations and local communities in advocating for the rights and addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.
It first piloted its programs in the town of Daraga in 1982 before gradually expanding its program reach to neighboring towns and provinces.
Presently, SIMON is co-implementing the CBID Program with Local Government Units in eighteen (18) cities/municipalities in Albay, eleven (11) cities/municipalities in Camarines Sur and five (5) municipalities in Catanduanes.
Our presence in these areas has been a key factor in ensuring that programs and services for persons with disabilities are integrated into the City/Municipal Development Plan and rights-based initiatives are in place.
>WHERE WE WORK
The program intends to reduce the prevalence of blindness and deafness in the Bicol Region through preventive and curative intervention strategies. Screenings and education campaigns are conducted by SIMON and district partners in schools, communities and homes, alongside the provision of medicine, glasses and surgery when required.
>CBID PROGRAM COMPONENTS
SIMON’s Early Intervention Project identifies and works with 0-6 years old children with developmental delays. The children are provided with stimulation, cognitive and language training, gross and fine motor coordination and social and self-help experiences, thereby avoiding many of the major complications that may arise later in life.
EARLY INTERVENTION PROJECT (EIP)
CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY FOR RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT (CARE)
The Children’s Advocacy for Rights and Empowerment (CARE) Project aims strengthen the development and participation of children and youth with disabilities, aged 7 to 25, by mainstreaming programs on empowerment, inclusive education and child protection in schools and communities.
EYE AND EAR CARE PROGRAM
The Disability Inclusive Risk Reduction and Management (DIDRRM) Program was launched by SIMON in 2010 as one of the components of the CBR Program.
DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT (DIDRRM) PROGRAM
SIMON’s community-based Mental Health Program is geared towards reducing cases of mental illness through public education campaigns and supporting referral processes to detect, assess and provide appropriate intervention to persons with mental illness or psychosocial disability.
SAGIP KAPAMILYA SIMON OF CYRENE VILLAGE
Sagip Kapamilya Simon of Cyrene Village (SKSCV) is a resettlement site established in 2008 for families of persons with disabilities devastated by Typhoon Reming.
Based from recent studies, children with disabilities are four times more likely to suffer from abuse and violence than their non-disabled counterparts.