Building Local Chapters
The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) has grown from the 11 mothers who bonded together for the causes of their children in 1989 to nearly 10,000 members, with 63 chapters all over the country.
Leading in Autism Advocacy
The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) increases public awareness about challenges faced by Filipinos on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services, and providing the latest information regarding intervention, education, and advocacy. It is comprised of persons with autism, families, teachers, and educators whose lives have been touched by autism.
Speaking in Unison
The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) reaches out to the many communities across the islands to organize and help make available services and support to persons with autism and their families, in close coordination with government agencies, local government units, and community builders. Our chapters remain to be driving force behind the organization's meteoric growth.
01 September 2015
14 August 2015
- Reciprocal communication
- Genuine friendships
- Confident, independent living
- Prolonged relationships
- Meaningful employment
About the Speaker:
Pre-reg *until August 25 On-site Registration
ASP Member - P400 ASP Member - P500
Non-member - P600 Non-member - P700
Topic: Relationship Development Intervention
Date: 29 August 2015, Saturday
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
12 August 2015
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City
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.
10 August 2015
As commonly experienced by mothers with young and rowdy children like mine, yayas come and go. The yayas simply cannot stand the hyperactivity and violent tendencies of my boys. Instead of expressing their emotions with words, RG and MM would simply tug at the maids’ arms or bite them. This is in addition to the behavioral problems they exhibit in school. I was often summoned to the Principal’s office because the boys were either bullied or did the bullying themselves. It bears stressing that one of the prominent traits of children with autism is the inability to socialize and lack of seeking to share enjoyment, interests and activities with other people.
On 01 April 2014, I decided to drop by the Taekwondo Central Gym to reminisce my Taekwondo days when life was a lot happier, simpler and without autism issues to deal with. I brought RG and MM to see if they would like to try the martial art. Having been diagnosed as hyperactive myself in 1980s, it did not come as a surprise that my boys will eventually inherit my personality traits including my love for Taekwondo.
It turns out that my children instantly loved Taekwondo and surprisingly excelled in it. Missing the sport, I decided to enroll too. The environment in Central Gym is very relaxing and conducive to friendships destined to last a lifetime. Our beloved coach, Ric Canlas is not only committed to developing young and talented athletes, he is very good also in motivating his students including children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. I would say that Coach Ric is exceptional in instilling the basic Taekwondo tenets particularly Self-Confidence, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit in my children. Immediately two months after RG and MM enrolled in Taekwondo, the summons from the Principal’s Office disappeared and both boys became more sociable and more confident in dealing with people. I noticed too that my children became happier and less violent. The grades improved and became more stable. Because excessive energy are spent every practice, RG and MM are able to sit down and focus more on their academic lessons. Their weight likewise became ideal and more stable. MM’s blood pressure does not shoot up anymore. He dropped several pounds. Further, I am happy to say that returning to my old passion changed my outlook in life. I became healthier and more positive in my work. Each Taekwondo session is an instant family bonding opportunity for the three of us. My sons not only gained their self-confidence, they gained a lot of friends and happy memories at the Taekwondo Central Gym as well.
In closing, I highly recommend Taekwondo not only to families with children medically diagnosed with autism and/or ADHD or to families who just want to have a nice family bonding time. To quote the words of Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo Federation during the Opening Ceremony of the third World Para-Taekwondo Championships. "The hope that Taekwondo brings is limitless. It knows no boundaries and is hampered by no disability.”
About the contributor: Atty. Marianne Aniñgat-Guinolbay. The writer is a 2nd Dan Black Belter. She works as an Attorney V at the GSIS Main Office. She used to be a member of the De La Salle University Taekwondo team for the period 1990-1993. She is currently an active member of the ASP Marikina Valley Chapter.
08 August 2015
As the preliminary applications closed last month, let us show our support for ASP performers who made the first cut. To cast a valid vote, please, click the name of the PWA -- which leads to a link (the page is in Chinese). Click "Like" and click "Vote".
1) Marcus Palomares. From the early days of ASP Diliman, we have watched Macky (as he is known in ASP circles) blossom as a musician. He recently returned from a trip to Korea where he performed in an international music festival. Please like Marcus' entry here.
2) Thara Marie Santiago. As half of the ASP Dreamgirls, Thara is no stranger to representing her country in international competitions. She has performed at the Malacanan Palace, SM MOA Arena and other venues, big and small. Please like Thara's entry here.