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.

24 March 2015

Blessing of Autism Families

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.  This year, it also falls on an important Christian holiday, Maundy Thursday.

We invite ASP members and the rest of the autism advocacy community to join us at 5:30pm, on the steps of the Quezon Memorial Circle for a simple ecumenical prayer assembly where persons with autism, siblings, parents, government officials, and professionals will gather to share their hopes and dreams for all who live with autism. Following our personal prayers will be a community blessing by religious leaders.

Image is owned by Tristan Jan Villagracia.

Participants are requested to:

1. Wear green shirts, preferably an Angels Walk shirts (a security measure) and in case of cloudly weather, an umbrella;
2. Bring a foldable chair or mat to sit on;
3. Bring one candle (with a wind guard) for each participant and matches/lighter;
4. Familiarize yourselves with our community song "One Little Candle".

"One Little Candle"

It is better to light just one little candle
Than to stumble in the dark.
Better far that you light just one little candle,
All you need is a tiny spark.
If we'd all say a prayer that the world would be free,
A wonderful dawn of a new day we'd see
And if everyone lit just one little candle,
What a bright world this would be.

22 March 2015

ASP National President leads our March Family Support Group

Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz welcomed 12 participants and facilitated the ASP Family Support Group held last 21 March 2015 in Autism Society Philippines office in Quezon City. 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.

This session highlighted concerns of parents and sibling through a wide range of ages from 3 to 25 years old. The exchange covered concerns from school and therapy choices, disciplining CWAs, public stigma, friendships, work placement and hopes for the future.

Tears were shed as stories unfolded; but all left our humble office with their heads held high and their hearts filled with hope, knowing that families who live with autism are not alone in their advocacy for a better future for their children and siblings.

A participant shared: “We are not alone, our son is not a burden. We have friends who would help us, God is good because of ASP.”

About the contributor. Lloyd Ngo worked as an ASP intern when he attended Independent Living and Learning Center. He began working in 2012 as an encoder at the Ongkiko Manhit Custodio and Acorda Law Offices in Makati. He is currently ASP’s Program Assistant for Communications.

20 March 2015

What is the color of autism advocacy?

Here are the colors often associated with autism and autism advocacy:

Green. The Autism Society Philippines brandishes the color green as an homage to the nurturing, growth and hope that lives in families who care for loved ones with autism. Green has been in our logo and our collaterals since 1989 -- over 25 years!

Blue. The Light It Up Blue Campaign is a project of Autism Speaks, which aims to illuminate iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe with blue lights. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their long-time friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into a global organization which popularized the use of the blue puzzle piece to represent autism.

Rainbow. World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to acknowledge autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. In parallel, self-advocates promote April as World Autism Acceptance Month where they clamor for action beyond awareness of the neurological condition. The logos of both celebrate the colors of the rainbow spectrum.

Autism knows no color.  Defining the color of autism advocacy is secondary to the message we send the world:  Many years after the autism was first diagnosed, advocates should labor beyond awareness and call for acceptance and inclusion of the world's growing population of individuals of this neuro-developmental condition.

18 March 2015

Awesome Autism on Instagram

April is World Autism Acceptance Month and you can help spread the message of autism inclusion -- starting in social media.

Here's what you should do to take part in ASP's "Autism Awesome" campaign.

1. Follow @autismphils on Instagram.

2. Post an appealing photo of your family in action and share just how awesome your loved one with autism is.

3. Remember to tag us! #autism #awesome @autismphils. Add all three or we might not be able to find you!

4. Example: Carl is #autism #awesome because with him, we will never lose our way on road trips. Super map guy! -- with @autismphils

5. We will repost your Instagram's on the ASP Instagram account all throughout the month of April and create a special album on Facebook with your submissions.

Follow. Post. Tag. Spread autism acceptance. #aokPH

16 March 2015

Free Cookie Baking Classes for Teens with Autism

The Autism Society Philippines is offering FREE Cookie Baking Classes this summer for Teens with Autism, exclusive to ASP member families in good standing.

Kids must be 13-19 years old and can be independent in the kitchen. They must commit to completing the 8 sessions.

Call Ida at 926.6941 to sign up.

Venue: Joy Kiddy Garden Learning Center, #130 Kamuning Road, Quezon City.

The sessions will be managed by graduate students of the UP College of Education. The eight sessions are split into manageable 1.5 hour intervals

March 30 (Monday):
Session 1 (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Pre-testing of Hygiene and Cookie Baking
Session 2 (3:00 – 4:30 PM): First variant of cookies

March 31 (Tuesday):
Session 3 (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Second variant of cookies
Session 4 (3:00 – 4:30 PM): Third variant of cookies

April 6 (Monday):
Session 5 (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Fourth variant of cookies
Session 6 (3:00 – 4:30 PM): Fifth variant of cookies

April 11 (Saturday):
Session 7 (8:00 – 9:30 AM): Sixth variant of cookies
Session 8 (9:30 - 11:00 AM): Post-testing and simple culminating program

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