Education is said to be the great equalizer, and technology is empowering students with special needs to cope with the challenges that they face. The partnership between the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and global technology leader Adobe Systems for instance will allow hearing-impaired students of the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies to learn and apply creative thinking skills via the Adobe Creative Cloud suite that will provide them with higher digital literacy that would make them more employable.
The alliance between Adobe Systems and CSB is a significant enabler of the school’s strategic vision to offer broad and in-depth creative curriculum for students of the digital era, with universities all over the world adopting real-world solutions to give students a leading edge when entering the workforce.
DLS-CSB has taken this approach one step further by establishing a specialized learning program for deaf students in 1991. Today, it is creating a new generation of artists and designers who work with the best technology and gain valuable experience on design and graphic tools that will be useful in their future careers.
Adobe Creative Cloud gives SDEAS students significant opportunities to learn a range of skills outside the regular curriculum. This includes volunteering with non-government organisations for deaf advocacy programs, developing collaterals from websites and newsletters to logos and videos.
More importantly, companies are fully supportive of the graduates, with the program fast becoming a flagship for CSB. Prospective and current employers have expressed high regard for the students, many of whom have become important members of their creative teams. No surprise then that graduates of the program have already found work with a wide variety of companies from the publishing and media industries to the hospitality and business outsourcing industries.
“Empowered with the tools and software from Adobe’s Creative Cloud, our students have a leading edge when entering the workforce and are at the forefront of the evolution of design and graphics,” said Brother Dennis Magbanua, president and chancellor of DLS-CSB.
“Our students at SDEAS excel at visual communications as it is something in which they face no limitations. I am proud to say that DLS-CSB continues to remain as one of the few tertiary schools in the country that gives excellent education and career opportunities to the deaf.”
“Our long-term relationship with the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is of great significance and pride to Adobe, and acts as a source of ongoing motivation as our teams push to innovate,” said Paul Robson, president of Adobe Asia Pacific. “This continued partnership and commitment to Adobe software is a strong validation of our solutions and further strengthens our valued partnership. We’re honoured to support the college in pursuit of its mission goals and to help empower its students with creative thinking.”
As Adobe Creative Cloud becomes a core part of the program’s curriculum, the College has big plans to use it and continue growing its nation-leading program for the deaf.
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