Miko Michiko Cia, a full-time faculty member of the College of Education presented her paper “The Lived Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in a Higher Education Institution” at the 7th International Symposium on Special Education held at Suan Dusit University, Bangkok, Thailand last September 30 – October 2, 2016. The event was themed “Assistive Technology Services: Bridging the Gap for a Better Quality of Life.” It was attended by participants coming from different countries and representing the different sectors including government and non- government organizations, education, health and medicine, social services, and technology. This year’s focus was on the use of assistive technology on improving the admission and education of children with special needs especially those with hearing impairment. There were six participants from the Philippines who presented their paper, of which Ms. Cia was one. In total, there were nine keynote and twenty- four plenary speakers who discussed their studies contributing to the understanding of the use of technology in assisting early intervention, parent education, basic education, differentiated instruction, transitions to higher education, Universal Design for Learning, captioning services, and sign language interpretation. Ms. Cia’s paper highlighted the kind of life in the university led by college students with ADHD, physical, visual, and hearing impairments.
On the last day, an additional special seminar on QuickCaption and Subtitling, which are useful trends for persons with hearing impairment in order to access varied materials, was conducted by speakers from the United States.
The three-day symposium served as an important way to hear new studies, researches, and innovations, which are relevant to the understanding of the needs of persons with disabilities.