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.

01 May 2016

Searching for an outstanding young self-advocate with autism

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in partnership with UNICEF-Philippines will be conducting the 3rd Philippine National Children’s Conference (PNCC) on 17-20 May 2016 in Metro Manila. The PNCC is expected to be participated in by children aged 10-17 and serves as a venue for children to have an appreciation of current and emerging issues affecting them. The PNCC is also a platform for children’s consultation on how they can be actively engaged by government in addressing the issues identified. As in the past, CWC ensures that the PNCC is facilitated by CWC trained children facilitators.

In addition, the conduct of the 3rd PNCC is an in-country process for the Philippines’ participation to the Fourth ASEAN Children’s Forum (ACF) to be hosted by Vietnam on 19-24 June 2016. The Philippines’ children delegates to the ACF will be selected from among the participants of the PNCC.

All travel and accommodation costs for the child and the companion for both events will be shouldered by the Philippine government.

The Autism Society Philippines is in search of a bright young self-advocate with autism who is between 10-17 years old, visible and engaged in ASP or in other community groups, knowledgeable on children’s issues in the community & children with autism, and can articulate ideas and opinions. A parent or family member must be an ASP member in good standing.

Parents should send an email to with the subject "PHILIPPINE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S CONFERENCE | Name of Child" the following details BEFORE MAY 11:

1) child's name and birthday
2) parent's name and contact number
3) why the child would make a good representative for Filipino children with autism.

Photo credit: PETA

29 April 2016

ASP Lipa Chapter fires relit

ASP Lipa Chapter was reorganized In cooperation of parents and professionals of the community; and the orientation was held last 28 April 28 2016 at Brilliant Minds Interactive School of Excellence in St. Mathew’s Subdivision, Banay Banay, Lipa City. Ms. Mary Janette Peña, ASP National Board Trustee, facilitated the orientation.

Everyone was on fire, thinking of how they can be of help to the organization, considering different ways on how they can encourage others to join this group and be united in helping children with autism. This is a good sign that everybody is engaged, but as Tita Jan Peña stressed, consistency and perseverance are necessary for the chapter to continuously grow and be a success. The officers and members of this chapter know that the community should be aware and be cooperative for the progress of children with autism. Awareness and cooperation in the community are a big factor in teaching children with autism to be productive and to enhance their self worth. This is why these parents reactivated the ASP Lipa Chapter. This is to help children with autism to be recognized and loved not only by their family but also by the community.

About the contributor. Maricar A. Carandang is the Secretary of ASP Lipa Chapter. She is a graduate of Bachelor in Secondary Education. She finished Post Baccalaureate Program in Special Education in University of Perpetual Help System. Teaching children with special needs especially those with autism can be tough at first, but it gave her a different kind of fulfillment.

27 April 2016

Family Support Group for May 2016

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.

Jennette F. Rodriguez is a mother of 3 kids; a 14 years old girl, 13 years old boy with autism and her youngest is a 10 years old girl. She is the primary caregiver of her son with special needs. She has earned her Bachelor Degree in Commerce Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She's been the ASP Chapter Secretary for 5 years and currently president of the Autism Society Philippines, UP CAMP Manila Chapter. A Parent Volunteer of Padre Gomez SPED Center and also a member of Autism Pinoy, Santisimo Rosario Parish UST, PWD Ministry, The Grail Philippines and Lectors and Commentators group, Santisimo Rosario Parish UST. She has given talks on Orientation on Autism and ASP to different schools / colleges and PWD Ministries in the Vicariate of Loreto.

Date: May 21, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentabella, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City

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.

19 April 2016

ASP Sta. Rosa marches to the municipal hall

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Month, ASP Sta. Rosa families joined the flag ceremony at the Municipal Hall on 18 April 2016. We spoke briefly on the our autism advocacy and ASP’s nationwide 1Pangako campaign. Mayor Arlene Arcillas kindly met with ASP in her office; and signed our 1Pangako pledge sheet.

Visibility in the community is one important aspect of our advocacy. Face time with the chief local executive to articulate our needs and our priorities is a hallmark of genuine and meaningful government engagement.

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.

07 April 2016

ASP's Family Prayer Jamboree kick-offs a new WAAD tradition in Quezon City

The Autism Society Philippines in unity with the Quezon City PDAO, National Council on Disability Affairs, National Historical Commission and the ASEAN Autism Network, began a new tradition in Quezon City last 2 April 2016. We forewent the speeches typical of these sorties and instead gathered in prayerful celebration of life on the spectrum.

Performers with autism Cid Tampo, Chaelda del Carmen, Nica Escasiñas, Franco Cagayat, Thara Santiago & ASP Diliman Chapter’s Choir crooned and danced to praise music on stage, inspiring the community to sing and dance with them.

These performances were punctuated by prayers from PWA Gerald “JR” Tan, ASP National President Mona Veluz, NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga, SPED Teacher Jasmin Guan, ADHD Society of the Philippines VP and Autism Kuya John Meria, Pastor and Autism Dad Michael “Mike” Cariño, ASP Damariñas Cavite President Janette Peña and PWA Cid Tampo.

Fr. Angelito Ancla shared a reading from the bible and raised his hand to bless the community. While Thara Santiago sang “You Light Up My life,” participants lit candles -- a ceremony representing how the light and warmth of our advocacy need to be passed on from person to person.

ASP National President Mona Veluz returned to the stage to usher the ceremonial lighting up blue of the historic Quezon Memorial Monument, in the name of autism awareness.

Through the kindness of the Quezon City PDAO, the community of 300 participants -- from San Fernando, Pampanga to Iloilo City -- shared a humble agape meal amidst the festive camera clicks and familial hugs at the end of  the evening.

We could also not forget the contribution and hard work from our volunteers from the ASP Angel Volunteer Corps and OT graduating student from the University of Sto. Tomas, who kept the programme seamless, assisted with security, even cleared the crowd when a PWA had a seizure -- admirable angels working in the background.

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.

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