The First High School for the Hearing Impaired (FHSHI) was founded in 1982. There are currently 42 students at the FHSHI from grade 7 to 11. The schools works towards the vision: “We dream of Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose competencies and values enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.”
The FHSHI serves as the headquarters of PADS, and PADS is committed to helping the school grow and achieve its vision by nurturing the education of the Hearing Impaired in Cebu.
The FHSHI has been in existence for over 30 years and has produced many successful graduates. A number of them are in the world of work, while other graduates pursue their post secondary education in different schools and colleges. In order to continue delivering high quality education, the FHSHI needs to address the following issues:
We want the FHSHI to continue its work long into the future. The provision of education to PWD is at the heart of PADS, and we are proud to support such an institution.
PADS and the FHSHI work in a collaborative partnership, which aims to support the activities of both groups. The FHSHI is a significant institution for PADS, as many of our Deaf volunteers went to school there. PADS supports the FHSHI in a number of ways, including:
"I volunteer with PADS for over a year and has much exposure to the Deaf community. I learned their culture and their language. I am lucky to have had this experience."
"The Break the Silence Project has made me feel motivated and really enhanced my skills. It has given me an opportunity to meet new friends who share the same passion."
"It was my teacher who originally encouraged me to learn Sign Language. Now, I am happy to continue learning and developing my interpreting skills."
"As I learnt Sign Language, I also discovered a lot of things about the Deaf community and that made me realize how I love to be with the Deaf as well as understanding their culture."
"After attending the Break the Silence Project, I am hopeful for the future and happy to see such like-minded people learning Filipino Sign Language."
"After attending the Break the Silence Project, my skills have improved and I have a much deeper understanding of Deaf interpreting."
"After volunteering during Typhoon Yolanda, I realized that the PWD community is the more vulnerable sector and that they need to have more integration with society at large."
"I want to make a difference for the People with Disability community. The discrimination I see makes me cringe. I will strive to improve my Sign Language skills to help create an inclusive society."
"As a teacher, I want to spread the rights of my students who live with a disability, to enable them to contribute something valuable in society."
"The Break the Silence Project has enhanced my ability to use Filipino Sign Language, and allowed me to understand my next steps in this space."
"My experience volunteering with PADS opened my eyes and heart to the Deaf world and as I went into the community. I learned about the challenges they are facing including lack of accessible social services."
"My niece is Deaf, and it is important to be able to communicate with her. I also want to help as many people as I can through my advocacy and my work."