The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

09 May 2017

Seminar on All You Need to know About Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed to be within the Autism Spectrum. Our speaker is Dr. Erminilda Avendaño who will expound on the process of diagnosing autism. This is also ideal for parents of children newly diagnosed with ASD as Dr. Avendaño will include all the facts about autism that every parent should know and explain the different interventions and what can and should be done at home. Parents will have the opportunity to ask anything they have wanted to know about autism.

About the Speaker:

Ermenilda L. Avendano, MD, FPPS, FCNSP, FPNA, FPSDBP is a Child Neurologist-Neurodevelopmental Pediatrican. She is the consultant and currently the Assistant Chair of Child Neuroscience Center and the Section Head of Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics in Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC). She is also the consultant in St. Luke’s Neurodevelopmental Center at St Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City.

Dr. Avendaño graduated Cum Laude of University of Santo Tomas with a degree on Bachelor of Science in Biology-Accelerated. She attained her Doctor of Medicine in University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine and Surgery with Postgraduate Internship  at  Santo Tomas University Hospital.

She has a training in Residency in Pediatrics,  Chief Residency,  Neurology and in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics  at Philippine Children’s Medical Center. She also attended Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics  at Newcomen Centre, Guys Hospital, London and Training in Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales at  Tumbatin Clinic, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Australia.

Society Memberships:
Fellow member in Philippine Pediatric Society
Fellow, Child Neurology Society Philippines
Fellow, Philippine Neurological Association
Fellow, Philippine Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

International:
Member, International Child Neurology Association
Member, Asian and Oceanian Child Neurology Association
Member, Association of Research in Infant and Child Development


Seminar Fees:
Pre Registration (is until May 31 or until slots last)
ASP Member – P 400.00
Non-member – P 600.00

Onsite Registration
ASP Member – P 500.00
Non-member – P 700.00

Seminar Details:
Date: 03 June 2017, Saturday
Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentabella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Kamuning, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1LwgklB

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metrobank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the scan copy of your deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s and contact numbers to autismphils@gmail.com and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants or walk- in will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 70 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-413-1942 or 02-410-4416.

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.



03 May 2017

ASP's Project Gourm-A showcases PWAs skills

"Food is not about nutrients and calories. It is about sharing. It is about honesty. It is about identity." -Louise Fresco

Autism Society Philippines' Project Gourm-A [pronounced gur-'may] aims to discover and show off skills of individuals on the spectrum in the restaurant industry -- from cooks, to waiters, from back office staff to entertainers. Open Hands School of Applied Arts and Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe are, once again, helping ASP to bring the public an autism-inclusive dining experience.

Join the Project Gourm-A dinner May 21, Sunday, 7PM at the Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe, 25 Roces Avenue in Quezon City.

"A Project GourmA event, as always, promises to be an intimate, sumptuous dinner.  We dine. We have fun. We celebrate diversity." shares ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz.

"Adults on the spectrum who chose to work in this environment are very passionate about food -- it's very inspiring. And many PWAs, trained in institutions like Open Hand School of Applied Arts, are ready for competitive or accommodated employment in the food and restaurant industry," she adds. "The only way we can prove this is for the public to experience it!"

Limited tickets are available for P1,000. Sign up below to reserve your seats. Upon payment, an electronic ticket will be sent to your email to confirm your reservation. Donations to support ASPs programs and services for families who live with autism are also welcome on-site.

The three-course dinner, designed by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco, features:

A duo of appetizers
Saffron Arancini and Mushroom Cappuccino Shot
Orange, Peach and Spiced Pili Nut Salad

A choice of main course
Ballontine of Chicken with Chorizo, Olives and Figs
Hanger steak with Shiitake Red Wine Reduction

Served with
Asparagus risotto

Trio of desserts
Tablea Panna Cotta
Mini Pavlova
Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Refreshing drink
Ternate Lemonade


The Autism Society Philippines, through its A-OK Philippines program, aims to build an autism-inclusive society by working with government, businesses and schools to create institutional mechanism that inspire autism-friendly spaces, compassionate workplaces, more professionals on the spectrum and livelihood opportunities for PWAs and their families.

01 May 2017

Seminar on Non-Invasive Therapy for Children with Special Needs

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapy that can help a wide range of Neurological, Behavioral and Emotional Conditions. A very efficient form of therapy as it can directly focus on different parts of the brain with associated functions such as speech, memory, pain, calmness, motor functions, decision making, focus and many more.

The Speakers:

Denise P. Celdran has been practicing complementary healing therapies since 2002. She started out doing Reiki, Pranic healing and Homeopathy, a German natural healing method. Denise is a certified meditation teacher with the Art of Living Foundation since 2008. She gives courses in basic Homeopathy. She has created her own course in Meditation and Mindfulness and Manifestation as does private life coaching sessions. She owns a vegetarian Cafe and Commissary and gives talks on healthy food choices. 

Dr. Cheryl Ramirez is a certified neurofeedback practitioner.  She completed her degree in Medicine at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and obtained her certification in Neurofeedback and Hemoencephalogram practice from Dr. Joseph Guan, founder and clinical director of the Brain Enhancement Center in Singapore.  She is the neurotherapist and medical director of Mindworks.

Seminar Fees:
Pre Registration (is until May 18 or until slots last)
ASP Member – P 400.00
Non-member – P 600.00

Onsite (Regular) Registration
ASP Member – P 500.00
Non-member – P 700.00

Seminar Details:
Date: 27 May 2017, Saturday
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentabella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Kamuning, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1LwgklB

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metrobank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the scan copy of your deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s and contact numbers to autismphils@gmail.com and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants or walk- in will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 70 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-413-1942 or 02-410-4416.

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.


29 April 2017

Family Support Group on May 2017

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.

Mommy Chrissy with Fedi

Christine Marianne Roa or Mommy Chrissy is a hands-on mom to Fedi who is now a 22 years old, adult with autism. Chrissy, as she was fondly called, ventured into early education and special needs to understand her son’s condition and help him better. This led to putting up South Kids International School, where she pioneered mainstream education for individuals with special needs from which Fedi was one of the first batch of graduates from Grade School.

In 2004, she published one of only two local books on Autism. “Federic’s Flight, The Triumphant Travels of a Child with Autism”, chronicled a true-to-life account of how Fedi successfully overcame the challenges of Autism and gives optimistic advice on the potential of a bright future.

To date, she continues to pursue her autism advocacy by sharing her son’s story, helping and inspiring families not to lose hope and take part in pushing for an autism-friendly Philippines. Fedi graduated from mainstream High School in New Era University, finished a 2-year special Culinary Course at Open Hand School for Applied Arts and currently works as an intern in Puzzle Gourmet Store and Café in Blue Ridge, Quezon City.

Date: May 20, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentabella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Kamuning, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1LwgklB

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.


07 April 2017

Reclaiming the word "Autistic"

I have been in the autism advocacy long enough to know of many parents who freak out every time someone calls their child on the spectrum "autistic". So as we approach World Autism Awareness Acceptance Day, I wanted to deep dive into the semantics of autism.

The United Nations recommends "person first" language (e.g., person with autism) where one's humanity comes before their disability. This has met much dispute from self-advocates who argue that the "identity first" language (e.g., autistic person) is the mark of genuine acceptance and of a society that does not demonize an exceptionality that is part of who they are.

The word "autistic" has, in recent history, become an inaccurate insult -- which can mean anything from unintelligent to ugly to selfish to myopic or shortsighted. This seems to be a phenomenon more prevalent in American English-speaking countries and is atypical, if not unheard of, in British English-leaning nations.

1Pangako

Four years after the Autism Society Philippines launched the 1Pangako campaign, there is a need to reiterate that "autistic" is an adjective that describes someone with an ASD diagnosis or traits characteristic to one with the condition. In this context, it is acceptable and accurate.

How can we explain to our children with deficits in grasping nuances of language that "having autism" is okay; but to be called "autistic" is an insult? This confusing position is a result of people themselves getting convinced that the word, made into a slur by the igno is malicious.

It is a virtual minefield to maneuver around disability language. The most pragmatic approach is to ask the individuals or family members who live with autism how they want to be referred to. Better still, avoid the label.

Skipping the slur

Calling on autism mommies and daddies -- I see the need to reclaim the word "autistic".

Autism is associated with enviable qualities. To be autistic means to be focused on things one is passionate about. To be autistic means to have great memory. To be autistic means being able to pay attention to details. To be autistic means to be a loving child.

The word "autistic" need not be negative.

What does being autistic mean to you?

About the contributor. Mona Magno-Veluz is the National President of the Autism Society Philippines. She speaks publicly on disability advocacy, leadership, and genealogy. Aside from being a practising marketing communications professional, Mona is a wife and a mom to three kids. Her eldest, Carl, is an adult on the spectrum who is active in the community -- working their family business, tending to his budding web enterprise and planning for his future cafe. This article originally appeared on Mighty Magulang on 31 March 2017.

 
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