The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

17 February 2017

ASP PWAy Day for the month of February and March 2017

In fact, the socialization gives us the tools to fill our evolutionary roles. They are our building blocks.  - Warren Farrell

The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PWAy Day" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults with autism who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PWAy Days will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun. This will be every Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm at ASP Headquarters. This is open to all PWAs, 16 years old and above .



On February 22 - we will be conducting a session on Videoke. Participants will sing their favorite song. With all the freestyle singing and dancing, there is much fun to be had!

On March 1 - Miss Donna Lim will  conduct a second class on MixxedFit® - a people-inspired dance fitness program that is a mix of explosive dancing and boot camp toning.  Everything about our dance fitness program can be described as explosive – all of our movements are always big, exaggerated, full-out, and our very best.

On March 8 - we will be conducting a Sensory-Friendly Movie viewing. To provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for our special audience, ASP will allow bringing up the lights, turning down sound volume, allowing families/PWAs to bring in their own snacks and welcoming audience members to get up, dance, walk, shout, sing, go in and out of the room.

On March 15 - we will have a Cooking Class for PWAs. This informal class will teach the PWAs on proper food hygiene, simple food preparation, and presentation. Participants must bring their own hair net, apron, and closed shoes (no slippers or sandals please).

On March 22 - there will be a session on Art. This class will highlights the creativity of the PWAs and freely express themselves in order to develop their natural artistic abilities.

On March 29 - we will be conducting a Yoga for Relaxation. This will guide the group in movements designed to promote wellness and relaxation.

We would like to foster independence among our participants. But if needed, a maximum of one (1) companion per PWA will be allowed in the training room. To attend, simply sign up on the form below and prepare a P50 donation to ASP when you get on-site.

"Adults with autism who are no longer in school end up in the fringes of society." Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President shares, "ASP is deeply invested in building a society where a individuals with autism be the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of the community -- no matter where they are on the spectrum. By keeping PWAs active and engaged outside the home, we are also training the society to be more aware of what autism is, to be more appreciative of their gifts and to be more accommodating of their deficits."

03 February 2017

Family Support Group for February 18

ASPs monthly family support group sessions bring together parents, siblings and other family members to talk about their journey in living with autism. Participants share their experiences and draw enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges. We welcome members and non-members to this intimate gathering. New ASP members are encouraged to join.


Mommy  Peng So is a current ASP National Trustee. Peng juggles between being a full-time, hands-on-mom to her two gems on the spectrum, Patrick and Angelo; and, with her husband, empowering her other adult children in handling the family business. Peng has inspired many with her fortitude in guiding  her two sons on the spectrum. Patrick graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in BS Life Sciences and has taken a certification course in UST and is now Certified Securities Specialist.  Angelo ,on the other hand, undergoes functional life skills and pre-vocational training in a SPED program. By a fortunate stroke of serendipity, Peng was introduced to ASP and autism advocacy; and she has never looked back. Advocating for autism acceptance and inclusion has become a part of her daily agenda. She inspires others to think beyond the autism diagnosis and to enrich the lives of children with autism by gifting them with valuable life experiences.


Date: February 18, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentabella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Kamuning, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1LwgklB


Sign up for the Family Support Group via the on-line form below or call 413-1942 or 410-4416. Only 15 seats are available.



07 January 2017

Free Seminar on Managing Aggression in Autism

This FREE Seminar on Managing Aggression in Autism is exclusively for ASP Members only. To joing ASP, go to http://bit.ly/asp-join.

Topic Description:

There are many reasons for aggressive behaviors especially in adolescent and adult persons with autism. Dr. Reyes will give a background of the different possible factors for aggressive behaviors, and give guidelines on how to analyze and manage these behaviors. 

The Speaker:

Dr. Alexis Socorro L. Reyes is recognized as one of the leading developmental pediatricians in the Philippines. She concurrently concurrently heads the Developmental Pediatrics Section, the Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo Developmental and Behavioral Studies Unit of the Section of Pediatrics of the UP-PGH; and the Center for Autism Medicine of the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig. She is an Associate Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the UP College of Medicine and is a Special Lecturer at the Department of Pediatrics of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and UP College of Allied Medical Professions.


05 January 2017

Theater Workshop for Young Adults with Autism

Theatre has been in the service of disability since ages, though it is a recent phenomena, it has been proven effective in certain key areas of development in the case of autism. Theatre is being used as a tool to improve peer interaction and help them to manage social situations. For people with autism, theatre could be used as a method to learn social skills, communicate, develop speech language integration of senses and here in this workshop they would have an opportunity to increase their confidence and develop passion as they practice to improve their skills, feel a sense of community, and have a means of self-expression. Further, theatre can be helpful in practicing real-life situations and conflicts a safe environment as there are no true consequence and a lack of pressure to react ‘correctly’ to a certain situation. Most importantly it would be fun fun with all the lists of our activities that would be a learning process and at the same time, one that they would take delight in.

The Autism Society Philippines and the University of the Philippines Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts brings you a Theater Workshop for Young Adults with Autism. The workshop activities include: Theatre games, Improvisational acting, Puppetry and Storytelling, Props and Set construction and Engaging in an Imaginative play.

Date and time: January 18, 25, February 1, 8 -- Wednesdays -- from 2pm to 4:30pm. The group will present a one-act play on February 11, Saturday as the culminating activity of the National Autism Consciousness Week.
Venue: Autism Society Philippines Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree St., Brgy. Sacred Heart Quezon City 
What to wear: comfortable clothes 
What to bring: food (snacks), water bottle and extra extra clothes

To sign up for this FREE FREE FREE worskhop series, here are the requirements:
- PWA must be at least 16 years old, verbal/non-verbal and can take directions (with or without caregiver).  Caregivers are welcome to assist.
- PWA must be able to attend all four sessions and the final show.
- Parent must be willing to answer surveys.
- Parent must be willing to sign a release for the young adults with autism to be photographed and filmed.
- Parent must fill out the form below.

For inquiries, please contact Cenin at +632-413-1942.


03 January 2017

Are you ASP's Next Program Manager?

Program Managers support
ASP's servant leaders in our advocacy.
The Autism Society Philippines is looking for a mature, organized and communicative leader, experienced in project management, PWD community development and donor liaison. Graduate degree a plus. We are looking for experienced individuals -- recent graduates need not apply.

Please send a letter or introduction and a one-page resume to autismphils@gmail.com and help us build an Autism-OK Philippines!

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Job Description

1. Responsibilities

1.1 Manages the operations of the National Office, ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of plans, programs and policies of ASP
1.2 Responsible for ensuring ASPs visibility with government agencies, socio-civic organizations and media
1.3 Responsible for proactively seeking grants for ASP programs, developing relationships with grant-giving agencies and training chapters to be fiscally independent
1.4 Works with private corporations on the developing corporate social responsibility activities that can benefit ASP
1.5 Audits the utility of society resources -- monies, equipment and personnel.
1.6 Responsible for monitoring execution of strategic plan through target setting and monitoring -- including chapter health management and program execution
1.7 Reports to the ASP National President and provides monthly operational summary to the Board of Trustees

2. Desired Skills and Experience

2.1 Relevant work experience in executive NGO management including responsibility for budget oversight, board relations and strategic planning
2.2 Expertise in the execution of programs benefitting the disabled community at the grassroots level
2.3 Has the passion to advocate for individuals with autism and their families
2.4 Strong leadership and management skills
2.5 Excellent communication and computer skills
2.6 Excellent in networking and building partnerships; able to represent the organization in various government
2.7 Monitors the activities of committees, task forces and chapters; and provides guidance, resources and assistance, as needed
2.8 Willing to be based in Quezon City and to travel to other areas as needed

3. Job Banding

3.1 New hire: Program Manager
3.2 Junior: Executive Director
3.3 Senior: Senior Executive Director

 
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