Speak Out 2017: A Pledge Worth Your Attention

11/10/2017 Posted by Ateneo SPEED | Awareness, Highlights

To genuinely know persons with AD/HD

Becoming hyperfocused. Having constant spurts of energy. Being impulsive and spontaneous. Those are some facts that about Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD), a special condition that is spotlighted in SPEED’s Speak Out pledge week this year.

This year’s Speak Out aims to raise awareness about the AD/HD sector within the Ateneo community. By pledging in the booth (and the optional decision to donate money to SPEED’s partner institutions), Ateneans were encouraged to know more people about AD/HD, to understand their needs as people, to look beyond their condition and to embrace and love them as part of a larger happy, inclusive society.

Vice-President for Apostolate Girrard Sanchez with Carlo from Servants of Charity (one of SPEED’s partner institutions)

Vice-President for Apostolate Girrard Sanchez with Carlo from Servants of Charity (one of SPEED’s partner institutions)

In addition to the pledge booth, SPEED posted several fun facts about the AD/HD community in their Facebook page. Junie Angeles, project head of Speak Out Campaign 1, hopes that the project encourages Ateneans to be more aware about AD/HD, and to become advocates for the sector by being more knowledgeable about the condition of AD/HD.

Speak Out Project head, Junie Angeles

Speak Out Project head, Junie Angeles

“I decided to head Speak Out for this year because I wanted to give back to the organization who has taught me so much,” reflected Angeles. “This project is my way of putting the organization out there in the Ateneo community, where there is still ongoing discrimination towards the people with special needs (PWSN) sector. This project also highlights what our advocacy is all about: raising awareness and creating advocates towards a more inclusive society.”

SPEED President Alimee Pagulayan hopes that Speak Out will encourage more initiatives to support persons will AD/HD and other PWSNs within the Ateneo. “Whether it’s a personal form of support, such as genuinely getting to know persons with ADHD, or a structural form of support done by the university to accommodate PWSNs, we hope that people would see the need for it and be able to do something about it,” she expressed.

 

Written by: Joel Anthony Lim, 4 AB Interdisciplinary Studies