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.

25 February 2021

NegosyAU Basics

The ASP NegosyAU Series is a project of the Autism Society Philippines (complementing the ASP Autism Works Program and the AutisMALL Project), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, towards building autism-centric social enterprises. The webinar is open to adults on the autism spectrum, family members and potential business partners. You may register below to participate via Zoom or you may watch via Facebook Live.


The ASP NegosyAU Series are webinars which offer potential entrepreneurs on the spectrum and their family members a roadmap to building a sustainable business and achieving economic empowerment. The event series aims to provide information and inspiration to create a business mindset, to be informed of statutory requirements necessary to starting a business and to help promising entrepreneurs on the spectrum through coaching and mentoring. The event series will eventually feature stories of hardships and triumphs of autism-inclusive social enterprises; and the sharing of inspiration and support within the autism community.

"NegosyAU Basics"
27 March 2021, Sat
9:30am-11:30am 

The FREE webinar "NegosyAU Basics" will handle the following fundamental concepts. Certificates will be issued to those who sign the attendance sheet and surveys during the event.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset. We will discuss the skills that enable people to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in business. 

Business Planning. We will discuss how to put into writing what the business activities are, how to analyze the environment, how it plans to achieve its goals; and how to look at the future. 

Business Registration. We will discuss how to register a business in DTI, LGU and BIR in the new normal, as well as other different requirements, depending on the nature of the business. 

DTI KAPATID Mentor ME. We will discuss this initiative of the DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) -- where large corporations teach MSEs on different aspects of business operations. 
Our resource speakers for this webinar include Ms. Elma Viray, Area 3 Head of the Department of Trade and Industry, NCR and ASP National President Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz.

17 February 2021

SM Cares and ASP to launch Artismo Virtual Art Exhibits

The Autism Society Philippines is one with the nation in commemoration the National Arts Month!  

ASP and SM Cares, present the interactive "ArtiSMo: A Virtual Art Exhibit" -- a series of 360 degree experiences which will take the viewer to their favorite mall to view the creations of talented visual artists on the autism spectrum!  Without having to enter slow-loading 3D environments or scroll through a boring series of images, virtual exhibit visitors can view the featured artworks on their mobile devices.  The exhibits will be launched via Facebook, on the remaining week-ends of February 2021.


Artismo: Kenrick Albert Cheng. Visitors can virtually visit SM Mall of Asia to see Ken Cheng's deliberate brush strokes on canvass beginning 19 February 2021, Friday at 5pm. Ken is a talented young artist on the autism spectrum. What he cannot say verbally, he would express in colors. This timid young man has mounted solo art exhibits at the SM Supermalls in the past and continues to take classes to improve his technique.  In the “better normal”, Ken attends the weekly ASP PweDay sessions with his friends in fun on-line activities -- this makes his happy. He has translated his art into a line of wearable items, storage bins and canvas bags, as he takes the first steps into entrepreneurship. Support Ken by purchasing his designs at https://shopee.ph/autismphils!

Artismo: ASP Sta. Rosa. Beginning 26 February 2021, Friday at 5pm, visitors may also digitally travel to SM City Sta. Rosa and be amazed by the colors of the artworks of the equally vibrant ASP Sta. Rosa community artists: Caryll Alvarez, Gianella Amandy, Arl Hans Barleta, Airam Cinco, Noelle Cruz, Christopher Flores, Audrey Laderas, Lorenzo Medina, Jorel Naval-Alegre, and Primo Obsequio. This effort comes at the heels of "Makulay na Mundo ng Autismo" -- another virtual exhibit held by ASP Sta. Rosa, in commemoration of the 25th National Autism Consciousness Week last 18-24 January 2021.

"The ASP Artismo program believes in the power of art as a medium of self expression," shares Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President. "and it is something that we leverage in building a genuinely Autism-OK Philippines." 

The ASP Artismo is the culture and arts platform of the Autism Society Philippines. It harnesses the beauty of art as a form of self-expression and elevates the skills of artists on the spectrum towards a creative vocation.

15 February 2021

Nominations for ASP National Trustees 2021-2022 is now open!

Are you or someone you know capable of serving as the national board trustee of the Autism Society Philippines? Someone with the experience, skills and network to bring our advocacy to new heights? Someone with a track record in visualizing, planning and leading projects? Someone with a strong history of volunteerism, with ASP National, a local ASP chapter or another advocacy? Nominate the deserving candidate and help us build an Autism-OK Philippines!


From 16 February until 6 March 2021, nominations are now welcome for the 11 national trustee positions. This year’s Election Committee (EleCom) Chair is Mr. Cenin Faderogao. He and other members of the Election Committee, Abby Mendoza and Angel Penaloza will validate the status of all nominators and the qualifications of all the nominees.

On 15-28 March 2021, ASP National will elect its new leadership– 11 trustees – who will lead the organization for the next 2 years and continue its national advocacy.

Nomination Guidelines:

1. For an ASP member to nominate another member to the board, he/she must be an ASP member with an updated membership as of 31 January 2021 and a member for at least six months.

2. An ASP member may nominate himself.

3. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

3.1 an active ASP member in good standing for at least two consecutive years
3.2 a primary caregiver related to a person on the autism spectrum by consanguinity or affinity up to the 4th civil degree.
3.3 of good moral character
3.4 able to attend regular and special meetings virtually or physically.
3.5 able to visualize, plan and lead projects of national significance.

4. If a nominee does not meet the above-mentioned qualifications, the ASP member who nominated him/her may email the EleCom Chair a “Request for Consideration” highlighting the candidate’s other attributes. EleCom Chair shall consult with the ASP National Trustees for a decision.

Nomination Process:

1. A call for nomination will be sent to all members.
2. To nominate, please fill-up the Nomination Form thru this link http://bit.ly/ElectionNomination2021.
3. You will receive a confirmation of the nomination you have submitted. However, the nominees must approve or accept their nomination to be included in the final list of candidates.
4. Election Committee will validate the status of all nominators and the qualifications of all the nominees and confirm their eligibility via email and phone.
5. We shall be posting the final list of candidates on 13 March 2021

Voting Process:

1. Members may cast their ballot via electronic voting from 15 -28 March 2021.
2. The conduct of the elections will be based on the ASP National By-Laws.
3. Decisions of the Election Committee will be final.
4. The new ASP National trustees will be announced on 31 March 2021.

Timeline

Nomination Period: 16 February - 6 March 2021
Online Elections: 15 March - 28 March 2021
Announcement of Results: 31 March 2021

13 February 2021

Let's take a break and paint with coffee

The Autism Society Philippines and the Centre for Developmental Arts Manila invite stressed out parents and adults from the autism community for a quiet afternoon of "Painting with Coffee". The smell of coffee, the subtle shades of brown, the feel of deliberate brush strokes, the soothing voices of friends and perhaps a cup of your favorite hot beverage -- all will calm our senses as we immerse ourselves in some self-love. A great way to close the National Arts Month!

Teacher Baldwin Kho, PWD advocate and Founder of CDAM will guide us through this unique activity for busy parents on 28 February 2021, Sunday at 2pm


Register via https://bit.ly/3k4DDYP and the Zoom details will be sent directly to you email address.

Participants must prepare their own materials:

1/8 illustration board or Oslo paper

instant coffee powder (NOT 3-in-1)

paint brush (different sizes)

container with water

palette (optional)

pencil and eraser 

rag or paper towels

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."  In celebration of the month of love, allow yourselves to take a mindful break from work and responsibilities for some all-important "me" time.

27 January 2021

ASP’s Homepowerment Program – Empowering Families thru Training and Therapy Services for CWAs

The ASP HOMEpowerment program offers parent training and counseling, home programs by occupational and speech therapists for economically vulnerable families with children on the autism spectrum under 8 years old. We aim to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to confidently care for their neurodiverse child. The program includes a limited number of online occupational, speech assessment and therapy sessions within a six month period for a limited number of beneficiaries.
HOMEpowerment poster

Here's how you can apply to the ASP's HOMEpowerment program:


1) The applicant family must ...

1.1 be current members of Autism Society Philippines
1.2 have devices (computer, tablet, smartphone) and access to the internet
1.3 commit to attending all online parent trainings, discussions, consultations
1.4 commit to implementing programs and recommendations at home

2) The child with #autism must ...

2.1 have a formal autism diagnosis from a licensed professional or a recommendation from a licensed occupational or speech therapist
2.2 be born no earlier than July 2013 (be 8 years old and below)

3) The applicant family must fill out this form below. ASP will schedule interviews with the applicant families. THERE IS NO NEED TO FOLLOW UP. WE WILL REACH OUT TO ALL APPLICANTS FOR INTERVIEW SCHEDULES. PLEASE BE PATIENT.

4) ASP will select a limited number of children with autism to benefit from the program.

Occupational and Speech Therapy shall be conducted online by licensed professionals. This enables the program to reach more families anywhere in the Philippines where internet services are available.

 
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