Wednesday, May 07, 2008

UN Ratifies Rights of Persons with Disabilities

I think not too many people know that Im also an advocate for web accessibility. But I am :) I am a founding member of PWAG (Philippine web accessibility group). We help as private citizens improve websites so people with disabilities can also access private and government websites (with emphasis on government websites)

But enough of me.

After six years of deliberation and almost a year after its signing, the Philippines became the 23rd country that ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

This landmark event will have a simultaneous worldwide celebration on May 12, 2008 at UN Headquarters in New York City. For its part, the Philippines will also have a prayer and walk for unity on May 12 from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Autism Society of the Philippines President, Erlinda Koe, was adjudged to be the emcee of the unity walk. Captain Oscar Taleon will be the in-charge of events security and together with Lauro Purcil, he will help for a courtesy call with Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alberto Romulo. Sorongon will also help in security marshals.

The organizers will also invite the SM Bands to add color and music to the walk. Carmen Zubiaga and Joy Garcia will make a miniature of wheelchair as a token for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

A program will also be held at Worshops and symposium will also be scheduled after the grand celebration.

How can you, our reader help? well, you can email this news item to people who you think may be interested to participate or celebrate with us. Or just blog about it.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Whiz Kid at Web Design

It is not rare for us to hear some news about whiz kids at every facet of skill building. But it is rare to meet one.

Meet Kim T. Selorio, my 12 year old student at DLSU manila in a web design (short) course. He's in grade 6, already a BLOGGER using Wordpress, asks advanced CSS questions, already an expert an html ( I suppose, coz he's the only one who doesnt ask about it) and manages his own site thru Cpanel, and even asks about web security using Chmod.

This kid is great.and he's humble too. Her mother enrolled her in this web design course. Kim tells me her mother is asking her to build the company website for them. Now, how many of you can say that your company website is built by a 12 year old whiz kid? Not too many I guess, and the ones who do may not be too relaxed to say that to the public.

But a little more guidance and this kid will go places, and maybe a lot of schools may want to give him a scholarship.

See Kim's Profile:

Kim T. Selorio

Personal data
Date of birth : 9th September, 1995
E- Mail : admin@kimeh.net
Nationality : Filipino
Age : 12
Languages known : English, Tagalog (spoken & written)
Contact Details : 2604 T.Ayala cor Vito Cruz Sts., Manila, Philippines
Height : 5’4 ft.
Weight : 140lbs.
Gender : Male

Academic Qualifications
Incoming Grade VII student at PWU- JASMS
Computer Skills & Knowledge
• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Frontpage, Publisher, Outlook,
Infopath)
• Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady.
• Adobe Illustrator.
• PaintShop PRO.
• Adobe / Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash Professional 8, Fireworks.
• Managing Websites (FTP, cPanel)
• Knows HTML, CSS, and a little PHP and JavaScript.
• Knows how to Troubleshoot Computers (Hardware, Software) and Websites.
• Knows how to configure email clients (POP3, IMAP4, SMTP).

Computer Work History
Wordpress Theme Maker / Coding
October 2007 to Present.
Blogspot / Friendster / CSS, xHTML Theme Maker.
November 2006 to Present.

Other Achievements
• Blog of the Month (April 2008)
• Nominated for Candy Magazine Blog Awards
• Has won a domain.
• Manages two domains (http://kimeh.net & http://extinct.uni.cc)

Educational Background

Elementary : PWU – JASMS Manila
2001 - 2008 Incoming Graduating Class of 7th Grade.
Pre School : PWU – JASMS Manila
Graduated w/ Diploma
Other Courses Taken:
CEC- Short Courses : De La Salle University –
Summer 2008 Graduate of Short Summer Course in Web Design