The latest innovations Information and communications technology (ICT) are allowing persons with disabilities (PWDs) to become productive members of society, allowing them to work from home without having to commute to work.

Online freelance work is one such ICT innovation that skilled PWDs can use to earn income and become financially independent. It is also consistent with the Philippines reputation of being one of the leading destinations for information and communications technology business process outsourcing.

Online freelance work, officially called “impact sourcing” is a growing trend in the Philippines, with around 100,000 Filipinos now doing online freelance work for various clients. Impact sourcing will be featured extensively in an upcoming ICT Jobs and Skills Fair for PWDs entitled “Work Anywhere Through ICT”. The event is organized by the ICT Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)  and  the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) in cooperation with various PWD groups, ICT industry associations and SM North Edsa, the official event venue.

According to Ms. Bettina Quimson of the DOST –  ICT Office said that; “Persons with disabilities who have difficulty in mobility like our wheelchair users and the blind, to some extent, can already take advantage of the limitless jobs available online”

Other than the usual ICT job fair the event will feature technologies that help PWDs become productive, there will also be testimonials of ICT enabled persons with disabilities who have learned to use ICT to their advantage.

Work Anywhere Through ICT will happen on 19 June 2014 at the Cyberzone of SM North Edsa from 11am to 6pm. Potential participants can register online at: http://dict.gov.ph/index.php/news-events/events/work-anywhere-through-ict

About DOST-ICTO – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

About NCDA – The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns. As such, the NCDA is the lead agency tasked to steer the course of program development for persons with disabilities and the delivery of services to the sector.

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charlesCharles Rodriguez of Take1 Animation shows off his computer animation skills, controlling a mouse and keyboard with his feet at last year’s Jobs and Skills Fair for PWDs. The event will be held again the SM North Edsa on 19 June 2014.  This year, the event will be focusing on ICTs that enable PWDs to work from home.

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