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.

18 November 2023

Autism Society Philippines Homepowerment Program 2024

Napakahalaga ng tamang pagtuturo sa bahay sa pag-unlad ng ating mga anak na may autismo. Kaya’t ang Autism Society Philippines ay muling maglulunsad ng training para sa mga magulang at tagapag-alaga tungkol sa tamang pagtuturo at pag-aaruga sa kanilang mga anak sa tahanan.

The image shows a child having tutor.
ASP HOMEpowerment poster

Layunin ng Autism Society Philippines Homepowerment Program na mabigyan ng kakayahan ang mga pamilya, lalo na yung hirap tustusan ang regular na pag-therapy ng kanilang mga anak, na gawin ang nauukol na pagtuturo at therapy sa bahay.

Ang Homepowerment Program ay nagbibigay ng:
● training para sa mga magulang at taga pag-alaga ng mga batang may Autism Spectrum Disorder
● libreng Occupational at Speech and Language assessment at Home Program sa mga piling pamilya ng mga batang 8 taon pababa (as of January 2024)
● mentoring (1 on 1) sa pagpapatupad ng Home Program sa mga napiling pamilya.

Ang mga training-workshop, assessment at therapy sessions ay gagawin online via Zoom.

Sino ang mga maaaring sumali sa Homepowerment Program?
Lahat ng REGULAR na miyembro ng ASP ay maaaring sumali sa online trainings and workshops. Kinakailangan na mayroong malakas na signal ng internet sa lugar nila at cellphone o computer, para makasama sa online sessions. Maaaring magpahiram ang ASP ng prepaid modem sa mga piling pamilya na walang postpaid internet sa bahay.

Para sa libreng OT at ST assessment at Home Program, ang maaaring sumali ay:
● mga anak ng regular members ng ASP na may diagnosis ng ASD
● 8 taong gulang pababa as of January 2024
● ang mga magulang o’ primary caregiver ay may sapat na paninindigan at kakayanang ipatupad ang programang imumungkahi sa kanila.
● ang mga magulang o’ primary caregiver ay nakadalo sa lahat ng training sessions at nagawa ang mga assignment sa workshop.

Bibigyang prayoridad ang mula sa low-income families at mga walang access sa therapy ang bata; isasa-alang-alang din kung matagal nang miyembro ng ASP.

Para mag-apply sa Homepowerment Program, sundan ang link na ito https://form.jotform.com/202191473333449 at ibigay ang mga hinihiling na impormasyon. Hintayin ang email o’ mensahe mula sa ASP.

Madalas tanungin:

Sino ang maaaring sumali sa mga training workshops?
Ang training workshops ay bukas sa lahat ng regular na miyembro ng ASP, anumang ang edad ng kanilang anak. Bagamat nakatuon ang training modules para sa early intervention programs, maaari pa rin makatulong sa lahat ng edad ang strategies na pag-uusapan.

Interactive ang mga training. May pagkakataong magtanong at makatuklas ng nauukol na strategy ukol sa mga specific na pangangailangan ang lahat ng dadalo sa trainings.

Lahat ng gustong sumali sa training ay dapat mag-register at tumugon sa ipadadalang email para mabigyan ng schedule at link sa training.

Ilan at kailan ginagawa ang mga training?
May hindi kukulangin sa 10 modules ang training-workshops. Ito ay gaganapin minsan sa isang linggo sa oras at araw na pinakamainam sa mga registered trainees. Bawat session ay tatagal ng mga 2 oras. Maaaring may takdang gawain pagkatapos ng mga workshop.

Ilan ang libreng therapy sessions na ibibigay ng Homepowerment?
Bawat mapiling beneficiary ng libreng therapy sessions ay magkakaroon ng hindi kukulangin sa 6 na session ng Occupational Therapy at 6 na session ng Speech therapy. May isang session ng Case Team Conference kung kailan ipapaliwanag ng OT/SLP sa mga magulang/tagapag-alaga at mga parent-mentors ang kanilang Home Program.

Ang pinakalayunin ng therapy sessions ay:
● matukoy ng therapist ang kakayahan ng bata
● matukoy ang pangunahing pangangailangan ng bata
● pinakamabisang paraan ng pagtuturo sa bata (teaching strategy)
● turuan ang mga magulang kung paano ipatupad ang home program

Pagkatapos ng 4-6 na buwan ng pagpapatupad ng Home Program, maaaring magkaroon ng re-assessment at reevaluation ang mga therapist.

09 November 2023

Partnership for Autism-Inclusive Employment Inked

(17 October 2023 -- Pasig, Philippines) The Autism Society Philippines and Grundfos Philippines signed an accord today towards the inclusive and sustained economic empowerment of persons on the autism spectrum through employment.

The image shows Ms. Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee, Ms. Mona Veluz, Mr. Thomas Kjaer and Ms. Dora Deak during Grundfos.
From left to right: Michelle Dee (ASP Goodwill Ambassador),
Mona Magno-Veluz (Country Manager, ASP Autism Works Program),
Thomas Kjaer Mikkelsen (Country Director, Grundfos)
and Dora Deak (Lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, Grundfos).

Grundfos, a global leader in advanced pump solutions and water technologies, continues its commitment to be a catalyst of positive change by opening its doors to the largely untapped talent pool of Filipino youth on the autism spectrum. The Autism Society Philippines, through its widely successful ASP Autism Works program, will support Grundfos Philippines towards the creation of autism-inclusive policies, practices, and processes for Filipino talent on the autism spectrum working in roles where their strengths are optimized. ”The ASP and Grundfos Philippines are building an Autism OK-Philippines where Filipinos on the spectrum are accepted, accommodated, and appreciated.” shared Mona Magno-Veluz, the Country Manager of the ASP Autism Works program.

The partnership launch event was kicked off by an inspirational talk by Miss Universe Philippines Michelle Dee, who is a month away from representing the country. Michelle flexed her psychology education with a conversation on “how to put your best self forward” in a job interview for a group of applicants on the autism spectrum. “I am with the ASP in campaigning for more autism-inclusive employers in the country,” Miss Universe Philippines Michelle Dee shared. “More than charity, young people on the autism spectrum need opportunities to contribute to society and to their families.”

The applicants will be screened through interviews and task assessments -- an innovation of the usual hiring process. Knowing that those on the spectrum often perform poorly in interviews, they will also be given the opportunity to show off their skills in simulations of the work they are applying for. The entire process is expected to take about three weeks.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Mona Magno-Veluz (Country Manager, ASP Autism Works Program), Michelle Dee (ASP Goodwill Ambassador) for the Autism Society Philippines and by Thomas Kjaer Mikkelsen (Country Director), Dora Deak (Lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist) for Grundfos.

The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization working towards an environment that empowers persons on the autism spectrum to become the best of their potential -- self-reliant, independent, productive, and socially accepted members of an Autism-OK Philippines. ASP labors to establish institutional mechanisms to support neurodiverse persons and their families. Established in 1989, the organization -- composed of 13,000 members spread over 100 chapters -- has been at the forefront of providing services to families and individuals on the autism spectrum. Find out more: @autismphils on Facebook, Instagram, X, Threads, LinkedIn, and TikTok.

Grundfos pioneers solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges and improves the quality of life for people. As a leading global pump and water solutions company, we promise to respect, protect and advance the flow of water by providing energy and water-efficient solutions and systems for a wide range of applications for water utilities, industries, and buildings. Find out more: grundfos.com

07 November 2023

ASP Family Support Group for November 2023

Date: 11 November 2023, Saturday
Time: 10:00am
Register here to get the zoom link: https://bit.ly/472AnVz
Deadline of registration is 10 November 2023, Friday at 12nn.

The image shows couples with a son and daughter smiling. There are two moderators named Ms. Imelda Alviso and Ms. Carissa Paco shown at the left side.
ASP Family Support Group November poster


ASPs 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.

The Autism Society Philippines -- together with this month's host, ASP Lucena -- welcome members and non-members, bound by a common experience that is autism. We aspire to educate, empower and inspire to help build an Autism-OK Philippines.

IMPORTANT: Send us an email via autismphils@gmail.com if you have not received your Zoom credentials by 10 November 2023, Friday at 1pm. Please do not share your link — only one device per name shall be accepted.

Our Moderators:

Imelda Alviso is currently one of the ASP National Trustees and Cluster head of the South Luzon Cluster. Imee is the former treasurer of the ASP Metro South Chapter and a past president of the ASP Parañaque. A former OR nurse at Saint Luke's in Quezon City and a mom to two adults on the spectrum, Andrea and Paolo.

Carissa Africa Paco, or fondly called Mommy Cary, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Major in Marketing Management from DLSU-Manila. A solopreneur for Homecook Cary Food Products and an incorporator/co-owner and business operations consultant for Angels' Center for Learning and Progress. Mom to a 15-year-old teen on the spectrum, Alfonso.

03 November 2023

Autism Angels Take Flight 2023

“Autism Angels Take Flight”, hosted by the Cebu Pacific for members of the Autism Society Philippines, will be held again on November 20, 2023. This event is in line with the ASP AUdventure’s purpose to provide children and youth on the spectrum with opportunities to: embrace fresh encounters, discover unfamiliar destinations to enhance their growth, and champion the cause of inclusivity and the creation of more autism-friendly environments.

Autism Angels Take Flight 2023 Poster


The Cebu Pacific has long been a partner of the Autism Society Philippines in creating autism-friendly spaces. The “Autism Angels Take Flight” allows ASP members’ children on the spectrum to experience being inside an aircraft, and how it feels to be a passenger.

Who can join
• Interested members may sign up for this event via this online form: https://bit.ly/3u4SX0A
- priority is given to regular members of regular chapters who have not yet attended previous “Autism Angels Take Flight” events.
- the submission deadline is November 14, 2023.
• One (1) child/youth on the spectrum and one companion per family.
• The ASP Secretariat will confirm the booking via text/call.

We only have 50x2 slots available, so we would like to share the opportunity across as many chapters as possible.
• For cancellations, please communicate at least 48 hours ahead, as a courtesy and to give others the chance.

What to prepare
• Wear an ASP Angels Walk Shirt or green shirt
• Optional: Bring an extra shirt, face towel, face mask.

How to get there
• Participants must be responsible for their transportation.
• Participants are expected to be at the APlus Hangar beside Cebu Pacific Office, Domestic Road, Pasay City at 1:00PM (exact time and place to be confirmed).

What to expect
• When you get to the venue, look for the ASP banner or Grace Adviento, who is managing the event.
• Chapter leaders are expected to manage their group/members, especially during the waiting time.
• No assurance that latecomers can be accommodated.
• The tour will be done while the aircraft is parked; it will not be flying out.
• There will be a zoom orientation for participants before the event. Please wait for the announcement once you have been selected as participants.

PROGRAM
2:00PM to 4:00PM (to be confirmed)
- Registration
- Welcome Program
- Tour
- Snacks
- End of Tour/Event

14 October 2023

ASP Family Support Group for October 2023

Date: 21 October 2023, Saturday
Time: 10:00am
Register here to get the zoom link: https://bit.ly/45q0uUS
Deadline of registration is 20 October 2023, Friday at 12nn.

The image shows parents and their daughter with two moderators named Ms. Joyla Ofrecia and Ms. Emie Serdoncillo shown at the left.
October 2023 Family Support Group Poster

ASPs 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.

The Autism Society Philippines -- together with this month's host, ASP Paranaque -- welcome members and non-members, bound by a common experience that is autism. We aspire to educate, empower and inspire to help build an Autism-OK Philippines.

IMPORTANT: Send us an email via autismphils@gmail.com if you have not received your Zoom credentials by 20 October 2023, Friday at 1pm. Please do not share your link — only one device per name shall be accepted.

Our Moderators:

Maria Joyla Ofrecia empowers families in the care and instruction of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as a valuable resource to the ASP Early Detection and Early Intervention Program, ASP Education Committee and the ASP HOMEpowerment Program. She organized and mentors the ASP chapters towards good governance and sustainability as the ASP MM- Rizal Cluster Head.

Her eldest is Juris, a young man on the autism spectrum. She has been a hands-on mother and for almost 16 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other center-based interventions not just for her own son but also for other children on the spectrum.

Emie Serdoncillo is currently the ASP Parañaque Vice President. She has been married for 24 years with two kids: a 24-year-old boy on the spectrum and an 18-year-old girl. She assists at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and is an active church server.

 
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