The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

12 September 2020

Understanding Sex and Sexuality (For Parents)

Date: 26 September 2020, Saturday
Time: 9AM via Zoom

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Teacher Christine will discuss the importance of a Comprehension Sex Education for Students with Special Needs and how parents should view and approach this subject matter. She will introduce the four crucial lessons in sex education: healthy relationships, boundaries, personal safety and private and public.

Christine Laura Carlos-Quiggins
Our Speaker:

CHRISTINE LAURA CARLOS-QUIGGINS is a Special Education Teacher who has has been teaching students with special needs for fifteen years. Christine was born in Manila and moved to California in 2007. She is currently teaching a self-contained special education class in Saratoga Union School District at Redwood Middle School.

Christine received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from De La Salle University and attained her Master's Degree in Special Education. She taught at the Child's Place/ Multiple Intelligence International School in Quezon City. Christine has received certification as an Education Specialist and is authorized to teach students with mild/moderate and moderate/ severe disabilities.

She has taught sexuality education for the past three years. Christine has received training and has been implementing the curriculum Sexuality for All Abilities. This program provides a comprehensive sexuality education for students with special needs. She will be sharing her knowledge and experience so parents can educate and support their children with special needs.

11 September 2020

ASP Family Support Group for the month of September

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.
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Our facilitator for this month is Ms. Joy Ofrecia. She is a mother to Juris, a young man on the spectrum. She has been a hands-on mother and for almost 15 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other center-based interventions for her own son and other children on the spectrum. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Angeles University Foundation in 2012. She organizes seminars on autism. She also receives invitations as resource speaker from different groups for parents and teachers' training on teaching CWAs, Home Program Management and Behavior Management. She is the past president of the Autism Society Philippines City of San Fernando, Pampanga and an ASP National Trustee. Teacher Joy finds her fulfillment in her role as an advocate of autism and an instrument to empowering parents of children with disabilities especially autism.

Date: 19 September 2020, Saturday
Time: 2:00PM
via Zoom

02 September 2020

Nationwide Chapter Survey prefaces the ASP CLC

The Autism Society Philippines is preparing for its 8th Chapter Leaders Conference. Over the years, the chapter leaders conferences mirror our maturing advocacy community, which has grown to 100 chapters in 2020.

ASP Chapter Leaders’ Conferences
1st: November 2006, Asian Social Institute, Manila
2nd: 23-25 August 2008 at Kabayan Hotel, Pasay City
3rd: 28-30 August 2010 at The Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City
4th: 27-28 October 2012 at The Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City
5th: 08-09 March 2014 at Eurotel, Manila
6th 30 April to 01 May 2016 at Eurotel, EDSA, Quezon City
7th: 03-04 November 2018 at Eurotel, EDSA, Quezon City

2018 Chapter Leaders' Conference


Calling on chapter presidents to travel to Manila for the biennial ASP Chapter Leaders Conference has been something many look forward to. Aside from meeting leaders who share a deep love for the advocacy and “letting our hair down” during the wacky fellowship nights, the ASP CLC is a venue for personal growth and leadership skills building. What we learn from resource speakers deepens our understanding of the kind of servant leadership ASP espouses and the knowledge sharing that nurtures good governance, wherever part of the country we may be.

The ASP CLC 2020 will be an on-line event -- a first! The ASP National Trustees are hard at work to create a program that will be relevant and responsive to what our community genuinely needs. This cannot be done in a vacuum -- we need the inputs of the community leaders who are closest to the pulse of the membership.

For the chapter profiling and needs analysis, chapter leaders are asked to submit their Accomplishment Reports from 2019 and 2020 (download template: https://bit.ly/31QbTzK) and fill out the survey below. Each chapter must complete only one survey with a consolidated response of at least three (3) officers. The deadline for submission of requirements is September 15, 2020..

If you would like to join the growing Autism Society Philippines community, here’s how: http://bit.ly/asp-join. No chapter in your area? Email us via autismphils@gmail.com and we can tell you how you can create one.

19 August 2020

Family Support Group for the month of August

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.

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Ma. Victoria Ramos serves as the current Vice-President of ASP Laguna Chapter. A Trainer for Work, Live and Play Program to young adult on the spectrum at Autism Resource Center (ARC). She is a single mother to a young adult on the spectrum, Mico.

Date: 22 August, Saturday
Time: 2:00PM
via Zoom

17 August 2020

Nutrition Essentials for Persons on the Spectrum

Exclusively to ASP Members
When: August 29, 2020, Sat
Time: 2pm - 4pm

With all the food supplements being marketed for autism, how can you tell which ones are really beneficial and which ones are just hype? Dr. Acuin will explain what the basic nutrition for the child/teen/adult on the spectrum should be, what nutrition issues are commonly encountered in persons on the spectrum and how to assess nutrition information from the news or on the web.

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Meet our Speaker:

Dr. Cecilia Acuin
Our distinguished resource person, CECILIA C. SANTOS-ACUIN, MD., is both a Doctor of Medicine (UP PGH) and a doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition (Cornell University). She also has a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut.

A staunch advocate of Equitable food security, she has conducted numerous researches and published studies here and abroad among which are: “Assessing Household Dietary Diversity and Food Consumption Score as Indicators of Household Food Security Status in the Philippines”; “Food Security, Poverty and Inequality”; “An Assessment of the Philippine Nutrition Situation”.

Dr. Acuin is currently the president of the Philippine Association of Nutrition. She is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos, Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Position. She was a Senior Scientist in Human Nutrition at the International Rice Research Institute Position until May 2020. She has worked as a consultant for WHO in Indonesia and Vietnam. Doc Ces is also mother to Benjie, an adult on the autism spectrum.