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.

13 February 2020

Family Support Group for the month of February

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.


Our facilitator for this month is Ms Carmel Almendrala. A retired ambassador’s wife and an Ulirang Ina Awardee of 2010, Carmel personifies diplomacy as she faces the world with poise, grace and intelligence. Over the years and in the many countries where their family has had to relocate because of her husband's work, she laboured tirelessly to advocate for her son Michael, now in his 40’s, and for the rest of persons on the autism spectrum. Serving as Trustee for more than seven terms, she reminds young mothers of children on the autism spectrum: Grab every opportunity and don’t take no for an answer. This is evident in her son Mike, who is a Special Olympian Gold Medalist (who competed in 2003 in powerlifting in Dublin, Ireland and in 2013 in bowling in Australia where he won 2 bronze medals), a 2005 Apolinario Mabini Candidate, and an independent member of the community working as an administrative staff of the Philippine Information Agency. Michael is believe to be the very 1st Person on the Autism Spectrum in the Philippines to earn a Civil Service Eligibility. Michael's most recent achievement is when he was chosen to represent the Philippines in the "International Conference on Disability Rights in South Korea last march 7 to 10, 2018, where 400 participants from different countries attended.

Date: 22 February, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1LwgklB

Sign up for the Family Support Group via the on-line form below or call +632 7903.5496. Only 15 seats are available.


11 February 2020

Successful Transition for Youth on the Spectrum

When: 29 February 2020, 8am - 4pm
Where: ASP National Headquarters (http://bit.ly/asp-map2)



Transition to College of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum | 8:00AM - 9:30AM

Based on a study taken from in-depth interviews with college students on the autism spectrum and their parents, this talk identifies the various challenges experienced by the student on the spectrum and the different support practices offered by their families and schools. It suggests many important factors that need to be in place for the students to transition to college more smoothly and the roles all stakeholders (i.e. student, parent and college liaison officer) have to play for the student to be successful in college.

Speaker:
Facilitator: Gieselle Patricia B. Principe, Ph.D. R.Psy. Ms Gieselle is a graduate of Bachelor in Elementary Education Majoring in Special Education from University of the Philippines. She obtained her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the same university. She is a Clinical Psychologist at STEPS (Services Towards Employment Productivity and Self-Sufficiency), a Senior Psychosocial Support Specialist at the University of the Philippines Diliman Psychosocial Services, and an Associate Psychologist at Care and Counsel Wellness Center.


Building the Bridge: Transition Planning Workshop for Parents | 9:30AM - 12NN

This workshop is for parents who are looking for direction regarding their adolescents on the autism spectrum. The parents, together with their sons/daughters, will be encouraged to create a transition plan to help in making the future of these adults on the autism spectrum. The workshop entails defining a transition plan, making the transition team, setting long-term and short-term goals, and planning for follow-ups.

Reinforcing the Bridge: Continuing the Transition Plan Workshop for Parents | 1:00PM - 4:00PM

This workshop is for parents who attended the Building the Bridge: Transition Planning Workshop for Parents. The parents and their children will share their experiences in implementing the transition plan they created previously. The workshop includes identifying barriers and supports in implementing the transition plan, sharing effective strategies to follow-through with the plan, and understanding the roles of each transition team member in making the plan come true.

Speaker:
Facilitator: Mr. Dominic U. Cheoc, OTRP. Teacher Dom is an Occupational Therapist who has a passion for helping adolescents and adults in the Autism Spectrum. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Manila (UP-Manila) and currently taking up his Master's degree in Psychology, major in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in De La Salle University-Manila. He, together with his colleagues, initiated the Community Living Class in Clinic for Therapy Services-Adolescents and Adults Section - which aims to provide skills training for PWAs in marginalized settings. Currently, he is a clinical supervisor and a lecturer in UP-Manila College of Allied Medical Professionals. Aside from these endeavors, he is the Operations Manager of Chatter Therapy Center, a clinic in Quezon City offering specialized Occupational and Speech Therapy services. He envisions to enhance the practice of OT in the Philippines and promote inclusive workplaces for persons with disabilities.

The workshop is exclusive to members of the Autism Society Philippines. Workshop rates are inclusive of certificate and simple snacks.  Published rate is valid until February 25th only. An additional P200 will apply for walk-ins.

Seminar only (For existing ASP Members)
AM Session - P500
PM Session - P400
AM and PM Session - P700

Seminar + ASP membership
AM Session - P1000
PM Session - P900
AM and PM Session - P1,200

Payment options include:

via DEPOSIT. Metrobank Kamias Branch 047-3-04751874-2 under the name of Autism Society Philippines. Please EMAIL the scan copy of your deposit slip to autismphils@gmail.com with the name/s of participant/s, contact numbers and seminar title and bring it on the day of the seminar. DO NOT SEND VIA SOCIAL MEDIA.

via CASH. Visit the ASP Headquarters at #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City.

via PAYPAL. We will send a bill to your email address so you can complete the transaction.

The ASP Education and Empowerment Program serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

For schools and centers who need the digital invitation for this seminar, please download here.


01 February 2020

Los Banos, Pasay and QC top ASP Authletics Tournament Medal Tallies

The ASP Authletics Tournament held on January 26, 2020 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, featured an inter-city Takkyu Volley competition and an individual obstacle course race, held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. The tournament was a collaboration between the Autism Society Philippines, SM Cares and SM Mall of Asia. A total of 70 athletes on the autism spectrum of all ages, shared in the collective sense of well-being, friendship, and achievement.

The ASP AUthletics Medal Tally puts Los Banos City (Laguna) in first place, Pasay City (NCR) in second; and Quezon City (NCR) in third. With more tournaments in the pipeline, cities and chapters have more opportunities to get in the game!

as of 27 January 2020

ASP AUthletics is a program that promotes health through movement and competitive athlete development. ASP AUthletics is a proprietary brand asset of the Autism Society Philippines. ASP Authletics tournaments and bootcamps can only be held with the express permission of ASP National HQ and is reserved for accredited ASP chapters.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS*
ASP Authletics Tournament
SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, Pasay City
26 January 2020

Obstacle Course Race
Group A - 7 years old and below
1st - Johann Terrence Dablo (Los Baños)
2nd - Kyle Zhiannen Atienza (Los Baños)

Obstacle Course Race
Group B - 8 to 13 years old
1st - Jovani Zabala (Mandaluyong)
2nd - Reese Dino (Mandaluyong)
3rd - MJ Raña (Los Baños)

Obstacle Course Race
Group C- 14 years old and above, Assisted
1st - Jhezzed Nicolas (San Mateo)
2nd - Ralph Tolenada (Pasay)
3rd - Marie Anjulie F. Reyes (Marikina)

Obstacle Course Race
Group D - 14 years old and above, Unassisted
1st - Ian Ferdinand L. Lopez (Los Banos)
2nd - Van Aguilar (Quezon City)
3rd - Michael Espiritu (Pasay)

Takkyu Volley
Gold Medal - Team Pasay
1. Danmar Dayao
2. Harvey Medel
3. Keon Danille Olanday
4. Angelika Mae Olsen
5. Ronald Rabena
6. Julius Alexis Sison

Takkyu Volley
Silver Medal - Team Quezon City
1. Jason Cando
2. Bryan Limjoco
3. Denzel Narciso
4. Dreau Narciso
5. Marlon Jake Reyes
6. Jose Rey Angelo So

Takkyu Volley
Bronze Medal - Team Los Banos
1. Michael Cansanay
2. Genesis Elizon
3. Terah Gabriel Francisco
4. Adrian Guanieso
5. Rhav Lomboy
6. Victor Michael Ramos

*You may view the official results for all participants at http://bit.ly/AUthletics-Master. Some medals were erroneously distributed to non-winners. For comments, please email autismphils@gmail.com

21 January 2020

Message to the ASP from President Duterte

My warmest greetings to the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) as it celebrates the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week.

Coping with autism remains to be a challenging task not just for the people who have this condition; but for their families as well. It is imperative that we take concrete action in spreading autism awareness through information campaigns and other activities.

I commend the ASP and other government and private agencies for spearheading this meaningful occasion. I hope that this year's events will serve as a huge step towards ensuring that persons living with autism will have meaningful, productive and dignified lives.

Together, let us continue to be partners in fostering a society that is more inclusive, accommodating and accepting of every person, regardless of their circumstances and developmental needs.

I wish you a happy and successful event.


RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
Manila
January 2020

20 January 2020

Kakaiba: A Call for Kindness

Individuals on the autism spectrum are different, not less. This is the overarching theme of the Autism Society Philippines' campaign, released in time for the National Autism Consciousness Week 2020.

Autism is a spectrum condition that may affect an individual's ability to communicate and to socialize. It is difficult for many to understand because autism does not carry physical manifestations. The public, especially those without a personal connection to this developmental condition, sometime subscribe to unflattering and often harmful stereotypes. Many families have experienced lack of awareness and  discrimination, which are the root of bullying that many on the spectrum live with every day. Being different can weigh on an autistic person, making them feel isolated and unheard.

The video draws the viewer to see the humanity in individuals on the autism spectrum. It introduces a group of young men who have unique gifts and challenges, associated with being on the spectrum -- visual artist Kenrick Cheng, fashion enthusiast Gio Koe, entrepreneur Carl Veluz, bike enthusiast Conan Dizon, chocolate maker John Silva and performer Jolo Sta. Cruz. Viewers are enjoined to abandon stereotypes and to get to know their stories -- what they are good at, what makes them happy, and how bullying makes them feel.

Think twice before you mimic individuals on the autism spectrum for social media popularity. Very often, these are neither accurate not kind.

ASP's Goodwill Ambassador and Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Marquez Dee lends her voice to our call to action to celebrate differences and to build a kinder, more inclusive world.

#CelebrateDifferences #AutismOKPH #AutismOKWorld


 
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