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.

16 September 2014

Family Support Group for September 2014

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.

Our facilitator for the September 20 Family Support Group session is Elizabeth Udquin. Beth is a graduate of Clinical Psychology at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is mother to two children on the spectrum, Cholo and Tristan. Stories on Elizabeth and her family have appeared on Manila Bulletin and UNTV Channel 37. She has inspired others with her experience as a parent in various autism awareness talks and seminars. Mom Beth is also the President of ASP UP-CAMP Manila Chapter and ASP Trustee.

Date: September 20 , 2014, Saturday
Time: 1:00-5:00PM
Venue: ASP National Office, Room 307, ML Building No. 47 Kamias Road Quezon City

Sign up for the Family Support Group below or call 926-6941 or 929-8447. Only 15 seats are available.

13 September 2014

Sensory-Friendly Screening for PWA’s in San Pablo City

Twenty six days after its first screening in SM City Calamba, ASP Laguna Chapter conducted another sensory-friendly screening for Persons with autism and other disabilities in SM City San Pablo to serve those from southern and eastern Laguna and western Quezon last August 23. Zambezia, an animated movie about two falcons en route to a community of birds, was shown.

The participating schools and intervention centers include Arcangel Intervention and Tutorial Center, Child and Teens Success Intervention Center, Kids Cove Inc., George Intervention Center,St. Anne Carmelli Academy, Paaralang Pag-ibig at Pag-asa and Liliw Intervention Center.

Two hundred and twenty seven persons with disabilities, friends and relatives attended the screening. Many parents and teachers thanked ASP Laguna for organizing the event that allows their family members and student to watch a movie together, a rare experience. A parent said that her kids had fun and were attentive during their first-ever movie experience. Another parent noticed that her 4 year-old son was well-behaved throughout the entire movie.

ASP Laguna thanks those who participated and/or volunteered: the participating schools and intervention centers, persons with disabilities, their families and friends, San Pablo Colleges BEEd-Special Education and BEEd-Early Childhood Education students. We are also thankful for the SM Cinema personnel, security personnel and others who made this event a reality.

About the Contributor. Ms. Catherine L. Lopez is a mother of a young adult with autism studying at UP Los Ba┼łos. She is the Job Coach for the office and messenger services of Autism Resource Center. She also serves as the President of ASP Laguna Chapter.

04 September 2014

Cebu’s first sensory friendly movie screening

August 20 marked an important day for families living with autism; because it marked the first sensory friendly movie shown in Cebu. SM Cares offered children with special needs and their families a chance to experience seeing a film on the big screen -- “Planes: Fire and Rescue”. Over 225 special kids from 11 special schools in Cebu lined up in SM Cinema 1 at 8:30am, accompanied by 275 family members, caregivers, volunteers from Velez College PT/OT, Rotary Clubs, and Reach Center staff. The event was overseen by ASP Cebu Chapter President Kathy Castellano and Adviser Sandra Espina.

The challenge for children with ASD in coping in the movie theatre, involves potential sensory stimulation overload from the dark environment, the loud sounds, the bright lights and the cold room temperature. However, on that day, SM Cares provided 1) a friendly and acceptable environment for the special kids to get up, move around and even make little noise, 2) warm lighting instead of total darkness, 3) lowered the volume of special effect and music, and 4) less trailers.

About the Contributor. Sandra Espina served as the ASP Cebu Chapter President from 2009 to 2014 and is currently the chapter's adviser. She is the Managing Director of Ivory Properties. Sandra and her spouse Joseph, Rotary District 3860 Governor, are parents to three boys. Zach, their youngest, is on the spectrum.

02 September 2014

Family Support Group with Lita Ponce

The Autism Society Philippines held its monthly Family Support Group last Saturday, 23 August 2014 at the National Office. An FSG aims to support parents and family members of children with autism, helping them deal with their initial feelings about having children with autism and identifying their concerns and how they will cope with it.

Mrs. Lita Ponce, the facilitator of the FSG, was among the early members of ASP and had served as a Trustee. Lita shared her experiences in raising her son who is already 31 years old. She gave advice and encouragement in raising their children with autism. She taught them to have more patience in taking care of their children and understanding the needs of other members of the family, such as the spouse and children. She also believes that God has a purpose why he gifted us with children with this disabilities.

The participants shared their feelings and struggles in life. Most of them shared how they teach their children to adjust in any situations that they may face in the future. Both the husband and wife should help and support each other in dealing with their child. Some of the parents realize that their child with autism gives a different despite from his condition that their child with autism can still have a better future.

30 August 2014

Gio Danniel, the Before and After

National Family Week is celebrated the the United Kingdom from August 25-31 this year. The Filipino autism community is one in celebrating family life and encouraging families to spend more time together, highlighting the important role families play in society; and in raising of happy, well-adjusted children.

This KOEmposition is a KOEllaboration of KOEple JOE and DANG for the school yearbook of their eldest KOEboy GIO, then 7yo now 20. Mama Dang, ASP Chair Emeritus, has been serving the Filipino autism community for almost 20 years now. A much sought after speaker, she uses this KOEmposition as the KOEnceptual framework in sharing her family's journey and advocacy, updating it regularly as Gio reaches new milestones, and even after Papa Joe's passing.

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