Looking for a complete list of PWD illness in the Philippines?
Being classified as a PWD (person with disability) is not as straightforward as it may seem. What may be a disability to some may not be a disability to others.
The qualified disabilities may be confusing. As a result, some are unable to apply for a PWD ID, depriving themselves of their rights and privileges.
Worry no more. Here’s a list of PWD illnesses in the Philippines to help you determine if you’re qualified or not for the benefits. Keep reading!
According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), there are areas that comprise the term disability. These are impairment, activity limitation, and participation restriction.
A person with a physical, mental, or sensory impairment that hinders them from living a normal lifestyle is classified as a PWD.
Keep reading for the complete list of illnesses eligible for the benefits and privileges of persons with disabilities in the Philippines.
According to the Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, PWD ID applicants are divided into these several categories:
1. Psychosocial disability
This pertains to any psychological or social condition that limits a person’s ability to interact with another person or the environment. People with this disability have a tendency to show antisocial behavior.
2. Mental disability
People suffering from Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, bipolar disorder, long-term recurring depression, schizophrenia, among others, are classified as PWD in the Philippines. These are disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior.
3. Chronic illness
Some illnesses may not cause disability unless a problem occurs. One such case is diabetes.
Diabetes does not cause disability. However, complications like diabetic retinopathy can occur when the body cannot process sugar. This could cause blindness, gangrene, and heart problems.
More importantly, people with other chronic illnesses may be subject to strict review and will need a clinical abstract or medical certificate when applying as a person with a disability.
4. Learning disability
A learning disability makes it difficult for a person to focus, comprehend, and keep information. It is usually detected during a person’s time in school.
People with learning disabilities are recommended to attend schools with a special education system to meet their unique needs.
5. Visual disability
Visual impairments are considered disabilities only when they can no longer be corrected, such as permanent blindness. A person who can still see while wearing glasses is not classified as disabled.
6. Orthopedic disability
The orthopedic disability category covers all people who have had their extremities amputated. They include people with scoliosis, as well as dwarfism, and amputated hands or feet.
7. Communication disability
A communication disability has two sub-types: hearing impairment and speech and language impairment.
A person is impaired in hearing when he or she partially or completely loses his or her hearing ability. Meanwhile, a person with speech and language impairment has trouble articulating words.
Are You Classified As a PWD?
If you qualify for any of the disabilities listed above, then applying for a PWD ID will definitely be much easier. Once you have your PWD ID, you’ll get to enjoy the perks and benefits you rightfully deserve.
Take note that not all applications get approved. The government is pretty strict in evaluating applicants because some people abuse the system. To avoid that from happening, just make sure that you’ve submitted the complete requirements.
Read this guide to find out all the things you need to learn when applying for a PWD ID.
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