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.

03 March 2020

Join the ASP ARTismo Fashion Art Competition

In commemoration of the 12th United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, the Autism Society Philippines is holding the ASP ARTismo Fashion Art Competition on 2 April 2020, Thursday, at the Mall of Asia Music Hall, at 10am to 12nn. 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.

Individuals on the autism spectrum are invited to sign up for the on-the-spot shirt painting contest, with the theme "Kakaiba x Kasali", consistent with our call to celebrate differences. This event is a collaboration between the Autism Society Philippines, ASEAN Autism Network, SM Cares, SM Mall of Asia, GMA Artist Center and ARTipolo.

The competition has the following criteria for participants.
- Artist must be on the spectrum, 8 years old and above.
- Artist must already have experience in painting on fabric.
- Artist must fill out the form below. A photo of his latest painting need to be submitted.

Artists on the spectrum will take the following design challenge -- with art coaches from ARTipolo on site to guide contestants.
- Shirt must be completed in 45 minutes or less.
- Shirt design must be inspired by the theme -- Kakaiba x Kasali
- Shirt design must only use 4 colors and must be in portrait orientation.
- Shirt design must have no text.
- Artists may prepare the design concept at home and execute on site. Visual guides are allowed. Tracing is NOT allowed.
- Companions may sit behind the artist to keep them focused and to assist in handling the supplies and cleaning workspace. But companion cannot paint the shirt.

Art materials will be provided. No fees will be collected from the artists. Three winners in the following age categories will bring home a certificate and a cash prize.
-Group A - 8-14 years old - First Place, Second Place, Third Place
-Group B - above 14 years - First Place, Second Place, Third Place

Confirmed judges (so far) are: Mr. Chito Bauzon (AVP - CSR, SM Supermalls), Ms. Michelle Dee (Miss World Philippines 2019 and ASP Goodwill Ambassador), Mr. Baldwin Kho (Founder, Center for Developmental Arts Manila, Inc

The program will proceed as follows:
1000H ART SESSION | Opening | Instructions to Artists | Painting Session | Snacks | Judging
1100H AWARDING | Opening Prayer | National Anthem | Messages of Hope | ASP PWeDay Tie-Dye Fashion Show | Artist Performances | Winners | Group Photo

01 March 2020

Creating Autism-Friendly Learning Environments

May 2020, Saturday
9AM - 4PM

Structured teaching is a system for organizing space, change of activities with schedules, work study systems to facilitate learning process, and material organization to promote independence. Its primary purpose is to improve adaptation of persons on the autism spectrum by modifying or structuring the environment to accommodate their learning deficits.

What distinguishes this seminar from others given on the same topic is the rich inclusion of application of structured teaching at home, from the resource persons’ personal experiences with their sons on the spectrum and those of other families they met and students they taught. Three mothers/teachers will give actual examples emphasizing the need for consistent practice and collaboration between school teachers and carers at home.

Participants will be given the opportunity to design a structured environment for their child/student through facilitated workshops.

About the Speaker and Facilitators:

Dang Uy Koe is ASP’s Chairperson Emeritus. She graduated with degrees in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Philippines. Labors hard for the autism advocacy, while working full-time as the Vice President of Abraham Holdings. She has taken the lead on ASP's international initiatives and is the Honorary Chair of the ASEAN Autism Network. For her regional advocacy work, she was honored as the 2018 ASEAN Prize Laureate. Dang is the mother to three boys, including Gio, an adult on the autism spectrum, who propels her to be a passionate autism advocate.

Cecile Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as Secretary, President from 2001 to 2004; Vice President. Cecile has been teaching children with special needs for more than 2 decades. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara County, California; and upon her return resumed her position as Program Coordinator of Bridges Foundation Inc. She served as BFI's Directress from 2010-2016. She was her son's job coach upon his transition from school. Her adult son, Likas, has been employed for more than a decade. Now retired, she is currently ASP's Board Secretary, Education Committee Head and Project Manager of the Homepowerment Project.

Joyla Ofrecia is a mother of two, Juris 20, he has autism and Patricia 18. She has been a hands-on mother and for almost 18 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other school/center-based interventions for her own son and 11 years for other children with autism. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Angeles University Foundation. She conducts training to parents and professionals and orientations to different organizations and institutions on autism. She is one of the Trustees of ASP National, also the past president of the Autism Society Philippines City of San Fernando Pampanga Chapter and Program Director of Noah Autism Resource Center. Teacher Joy finds her fulfilment in her role as an advocate of autism and an instrument to empowering parents of children with special needs. Her passion in what she does is fueled by the firm belief that she was tasked to fulfil God's purpose for her life.

Seminar Rates: (certificate and snacks included)

The Seminar is exclusive to members of the Autism Society Philippines. Walk-ins and onsite payments will be entertained ONLY IF slots are available, and for a fee of P200.

P 700 - Seminar only (For existing ASP Members)
P 1, 200 - Seminar + ASP membership

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 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.

27 February 2020

Join the ASP AUthletics Bowling Tournament

The Autism Society Philippines invites bowlers on the autism spectrum to join us for a morning of fun and fitness! The ASP AUthletics Bowling Tournament is pre-qualifier to the ASEAN Autism Games to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2020.

What: ASP AUthletics Bowling Tournament.
When: 31 May 2020, Sunday, 10am - 12nn.
Where: SM Megamall Bowling Center, Pasig City

Participant Criteria
-A player must be at least eight (8) years old
-A player must be able to carry at least a 7-pound ball
-Able to play 10 bowling frames
-Must sign up using form below. Limited slots. Deadline for registration is 25 March 2020, noon.
-Must be wearing the ASP Angels Walk 2020 shirt on game day
-Must pay P100 participation fee on-site to partially cover cost bib, certificate, shoes, lane fees and simple snacks

Team Criteria
-Open to ASP chapters
-Each team can send max 6 players
-Four (4) highest scores from each city (regardless of category) will determine Team Category winners

Categories. Gold, silver and bronze medals are at stake for:
(1) Group A - 8 to 14 years old (Assisted/Unassisted)
(2) Group B - 14 years old and above (Assisted)
(3) Group C - 14 years old and above (Unassisted)
(4) Team - combined score of four (4) participants per city

A special award will go to Best Parent Cheerleader Group.

25 February 2020

ASP PweDay for the months of March, April and May

“Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” --- Adrienne Bailon, Artist

The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PweDay" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults on the autism spectrum who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PweDays will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun. This will be every Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm at ASP Headquarters. This is open to all Persons on the autism spectrum members, 16 years old and above.

On March 4 - we will do DIY Swirly Tie-Dye T-Shirts. Tie-dye is characterized by the use of bright, saturated primary colors and bold patterns. Tie-dye can be used to create a wide variety of designs on fabric, from standard patterns such as the spiral, peace sign, diamond, and the marble effect to beautiful works of art. This is a really fun activity to work on with your adult on the spectrum. You can incorporate color identification, fine motor skills, following directions, sequencing, and more! Please bring white cotton shirt, rubber gloves and 1 hanger. Prepare a P200 donation when you get on-site. Wear appropriate clothes, no sando, no sandals or slippers.

Due to the “State of Public Health Emergency” Code Red declaration, our weekly PweDays are cancelled. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our attendees. We will resume our Wednesday activities on May 2020. Please stay tuned for announcements. Thank you for your understanding. #AutismOKPH

"Persons on the autism spectrum who are no longer in school end up in the fringes of society." Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President shares, "ASP is deeply invested in building a society where a Persons on the autism spectrum be the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of the community -- no matter where they are on the spectrum. By keeping PWAs active and engaged outside the home, we are also training the society to be more aware of what autism is, to be more appreciative of their gifts and to be more accommodating of their deficits."

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

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

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