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.

01 February 2016

Celebrate Autism Sunday 2016 on Instagram

Autism Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism is observed annually on the second Sunday of February. It was initiated in 2002; and was first celebrated in the United Kingdom.

This year, we invite Filipino families who live with autism to celebrate with us in prayer. On Instagram, tag "autismphils" on a photo of your loved one with autism; and share a special prayer for them on this special day. We will repost them all throughout this month.

17 January 2016

ASP’s Dang Koe elected as new AAN Chairman

The executive committee of the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) elected Dang Koe, Autism Society Philippines’ Chair Emeritus, as its new Chairman during its General Assembly held last 16 January 2016 at the Mabuhay Manor in Pasay.

The new officers of the ASEAN Autism Network

AAN is composed of autism family advocates from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Asia Pacific Center on Disability (APCD) helped organize this network in 2010, envisioned to lead the efforts to realize the rights of persons with autism in the ASEAN nations.

APCD Executive Director Akiie Ninomiya, himself a father of an adult with autism, congratulated ASP leaders for their passion and relentless commitment in working towards the realization of the rights of persons with autism. In his message during Angels Walk, he said APCD recognizes that “there is still a lack of laws, programs, services and professionals to respond to the needs of persons with autism in Southeast Asia but with the ASEAN integration the opportunity of sharing knowledge, information and resources among member countries would facilitate the resolution to collectively work together to address these issues.” With ASP’s leadership starting this year, he expects member countries to collectively advocate for the rights of persons with autism from an ASEAN perspective. “Each member of AAN must go beyond its country boundaries and work collectively as the ASEAN Autism Network.”

At the Angels Walk lean banner, SM VP Bien Mateo, NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga, ASP President Mona Magno-Veluz, Senator Sonny Angara, APCD Executive Director Akiie Ninomiya, SM Prime President Hans Sy, AAN Chair Dang Koe and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General HE Dr. AKP Mochtan
The chairmanship of AAN was turned over from outgoing AAN Chairman Malai Hj Abdullah Bin Hj Malai Othman of Brunei to ASP’s Dang Koe in a brief turn-over ceremony on 17 January 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, witnessed by 15,000 participants of Angels Walk -- Philippine government officials, representatives of the government of Southeast Asian countries, business organizations like SM, PWD organizations, civil service organizations, participants from schools and therapy centers, families of persons with autism, delegates from AAN member countries.

15 January 2016

The ASP Resource Directory 2016

The Autism Society Philippines Resource Directory is a listing of establishments providing services and products for families who live with autism. It is a nationwide listing that has helped many families since the first edition was released.

Register to be included in the ASP 2016 Resource Directory, if you are an Autism-OK organization, institution or individual with products and services that can benefit persons with autism and their families, such as ...
... a school or therapy center
... a medical, dental or allied medical clinic
... a professional in private practice
... a business with PWA-targeted products and services -- hair salons, swimming classes, among others.

ASP reserves the right to request for a scanned copy of your business permit or Professional Regulation Commission ID -- to be emailed to autismphils@gmail.com.

There is NO FEE to be included in the ASP Resource Directory. We simply want to help ASP members find partners and businesses who will be sensitive to our needs. Full page advertisements are also available for interested parties.

ASP members who have had a positive experience with Autism-OK establishments are also requested to recommend them for inclusion in this listing.

13 January 2016

Taytay celebrates International Day for PWDs

The Office of the Mayor, MSWD together with the Persons with Disability Affairs Office of Taytay Municipality celebrated the International Day for PWD last 8 January 2016 in SM Event Center, Taytay, Rizal. This momentous occasion was attended by students, professionals and government officials with the theme: "I Belong". SPED teachers from different public and private schools all over Taytay were given tribute and recognition for whole-heartedly teaching students with special needs. The president of the newly formed ASP Taytay Chapter, Mrs. Barbara De Guzman was able to promote the Angel's Walk to an audience of 400 persons. She also took the opportunity to inform the schools that there is already an ASP Chapter in Taytay, Rizal.



About the contributor: Rhea Joy "Yhang" Policarpio from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, her ministry is for the children with Special Needs as a SPED Coordinator at Golden Faith Academy, Taytay, Rizal. She is a deaconess (Church Worker) of the United Methodist Church before pursuing her studies in Special Education. She had the experience of working with NGOs for Commercial Sex Workers in Baguio City and Street Children in Tondo, Manila though she can say that SPED is the closest to her heart and her passion. She loves to meet new people and build network from public and private institution to advocate for the welfare of children with special needs.

11 January 2016

Message from Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr.

The following is the message from Speaker of the House of Representatives Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to the Autism Society Philippines for the 20th National Autism Consciousness Week.

I join the Autism Society of the Philippines and the 1.2 million Filipinos with autism and their families in celebrating the Philippines National Autism Consciousness Week.

The inspiration we draw from various initiatives that promote integration of people with autism (PWAs) enables leaders in the government and private sector alike to take into consideration the distinct needs of PWAs in policy making and programs we espouse. We make sure that they are afforded their civil rights and the protection mandated by the laws of our land. We share the commitment to give them human dignity and equality in economic opportunities which they rightfully deserve.

As we march towards the renewal of this collective aspiration, I call on various sectors of society to do their share in making our communities more adaptive and sensitive to the distinct interests of PWAs. Congratulations to the ASP and may you continue to be the champion of PWAs in advancing their welfare.

Mabuhay po kayo!

Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr.
Speaker of the House of Representative
Republic of the Philippines

 
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