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.

15 April 2015

Planting a seed at DILG

The ASP National leaders Mona Magno-Veluz and Alex Cabason met with DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero on 22 January 2015 to lay the groundwork for a strategic patrnership. Usec Panadero engaged in an open exchange on how a national advocacy group such as the Autism Society Philippines can best engage with DILG and the LGUs. He identified the League of Municipalities of the Philippines as an important partner in moving our agenda forward.

The meeting ended with action planning towards partnering with the National Police Academy to train policemen-to-be in dealing with citizens with autism, and creating a recommendation for central reporting of LGU-gathered data on disability incidence.

13 April 2015

Family Support Group for April 2015

ASP 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.



Our facilitator for the April 18 Family Support Group session is Josephine Palomares. Jo Palomares has long been the face of autism advocacy for ASP Diliman chapter. After serving as the President of the chapter for multiple terms, she continues to serve the disability community as she leads the Kaakibat ng ASP Quezon City Credit Cooperative; and contributes as an active member of the Association for Adults with Autism. She owns and personally manages a thriving model airplane export business in Bulacan. Her son Macky is on the spectrum.

Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Venue: ASP National Office, Room 307, ML Building No. 47 Kamias Road Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/asp-map

Sign up for the Family Support Group below or call 926-6941 or 929-8447. Only 15 seats are available.


11 April 2015

ASP Sta Rosa’s Lakbay Aral at Yusen Logistics Center

ASP Sta Rosa PWA members and their families went on an educational tour “Lakbay Aral” at Yusen Logistics Center, located at the Laguna Technopark in Binan, Laguna last 30 March 2015. The aim of the activity is to expose our PWA’s to an actual workplace and see whether there are opportunities for summer activity for them and use or develop skills that will be useful for employment in the future.


Our member PWA’s had a wonderful time going around the logistics center in their safety vests and hard hats. They were also given a chance to try out cutting the labels for shipment and learn some Nihonggo words.

About the Contributor. Olive Medina is mom to CWA Enzo and his baby sister Lizzie. Aside from fulfilling her duties as a wife and mother, she works as General Manager for a logistics company, a part time college lecturer and part time yoga instructor. She is also the president of ASP Sta. Rosa Chapter.

09 April 2015

ASP Family Support Group for May 2015

Autism Society Philippines' 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.



Our facilitator for May 1 Family Support Group session is Cecile Sicam.  She is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as President from 2000 to 2004; and as its current Secretary. Inspired by her PWA son Likas, Ces has been instrumental in the founding of Professionals for Autism Foundation, Inc., Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Philippine Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Bridges Foundation where she is currently its Directress. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara, California; and came back to serve Filipino children with special needs. Her adult son is employed full time as RnB Ice Plant.

Date: May 1, 2015, Friday
Time: 2:00-5:00PM
Venue: Servants of Charity, Pinkian Road, Brgy. Pasang Tamo, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1HdW05h

Sign up for the Family Support Group below or call 926-6941 or 929-8447. Only 15 seats are available.


07 April 2015

Parent Insight: Structured Teaching at Home and in School

In my pursuit to learn more and to help my child develop into an independent individual, I try to attend selected seminars conducted by ASP. The Seminar Workshop on Autism-Friendly Teaching Environment (Structured Teaching at Home and in School) held last 21 March 2015 at Pasay SPED Center has given me concrete information and impact.


With the energetic speaker Ma’am Dang Koe sharing her personal experiences and knowledge, it served as a reminder and guide to the parents and teachers who participated. As a parent who personally attends to my kid’s developmental needs, it helped me to figure out what’s missing in my present strategy to teach my son the daily living skills and at the same time made me realize I’m on the right track. Surely, it helped the participants come up with new ideas. It will serve as a reminder that we are raising children with autism to become an independent adult and not a child
forever.

What a great time I had at the seminar! Thank you to the organizers, the ASP Pasay City Chapter and the ASP UP CAMP Manila Chapter and most especially to the speaker Mrs. Erlinda U. Koe!

The seminar was attended by 11 Parents, 1 Relative and 12 Professionals. The seminar was conducted as part of the training for the ASP Early Steps from ASP UP CAMP Manila and Pasay chapters.

About the contributor. Marjorie Gepulle-Bartolome is a licensed teacher-parent of a 9-year old boy with autism, who has been an ASP member since 2011. She searched about developmental delays even before her little boy was diagnosed with ASD. She believes that acceptance, action, and involvement are great factors to help children with autism.

 
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