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.

07 January 2017

Free Seminar on Managing Aggression in Autism

This FREE Seminar on Managing Aggression in Autism is exclusively for ASP Members only. To joing ASP, go to

Topic Description:

There are many reasons for aggressive behaviors especially in adolescent and adult persons with autism. Dr. Reyes will give a background of the different possible factors for aggressive behaviors, and give guidelines on how to analyze and manage these behaviors. 

The Speaker:

Dr. Alexis Socorro L. Reyes is recognized as one of the leading developmental pediatricians in the Philippines. She concurrently concurrently heads the Developmental Pediatrics Section, the Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo Developmental and Behavioral Studies Unit of the Section of Pediatrics of the UP-PGH; and the Center for Autism Medicine of the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig. She is an Associate Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the UP College of Medicine and is a Special Lecturer at the Department of Pediatrics of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and UP College of Allied Medical Professions.

05 January 2017

Theater Workshop for Young Adults with Autism

Theatre has been in the service of disability since ages, though it is a recent phenomena, it has been proven effective in certain key areas of development in the case of autism. Theatre is being used as a tool to improve peer interaction and help them to manage social situations. For people with autism, theatre could be used as a method to learn social skills, communicate, develop speech language integration of senses and here in this workshop they would have an opportunity to increase their confidence and develop passion as they practice to improve their skills, feel a sense of community, and have a means of self-expression. Further, theatre can be helpful in practicing real-life situations and conflicts a safe environment as there are no true consequence and a lack of pressure to react ‘correctly’ to a certain situation. Most importantly it would be fun fun with all the lists of our activities that would be a learning process and at the same time, one that they would take delight in.

The Autism Society Philippines and the University of the Philippines Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts brings you a Theater Workshop for Young Adults with Autism. The workshop activities include: Theatre games, Improvisational acting, Puppetry and Storytelling, Props and Set construction and Engaging in an Imaginative play.

Date and time: January 18, 25, February 1, 8 -- Wednesdays -- from 2pm to 4:30pm. The group will present a one-act play on February 11, Saturday as the culminating activity of the National Autism Consciousness Week.
Venue: Autism Society Philippines Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree St., Brgy. Sacred Heart Quezon City 
What to wear: comfortable clothes 
What to bring: food (snacks), water bottle and extra extra clothes

To sign up for this FREE FREE FREE worskhop series, here are the requirements:
- PWA must be at least 16 years old, verbal/non-verbal and can take directions (with or without caregiver).  Caregivers are welcome to assist.
- PWA must be able to attend all four sessions and the final show.
- Parent must be willing to answer surveys.
- Parent must be willing to sign a release for the young adults with autism to be photographed and filmed.
- Parent must fill out the form below.

For inquiries, please contact Cenin at +632-413-1942.

03 January 2017

Are you ASP's Next Program Manager?

Program Managers support
ASP's servant leaders in our advocacy.
The Autism Society Philippines is looking for a mature, organized and communicative leader, experienced in project management, PWD community development and donor liaison. Graduate degree a plus. We are looking for experienced individuals -- recent graduates need not apply.

Please send a letter or introduction and a one-page resume to and help us build an Autism-OK Philippines!

Job Description

1. Responsibilities

1.1 Manages the operations of the National Office, ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of plans, programs and policies of ASP
1.2 Responsible for ensuring ASPs visibility with government agencies, socio-civic organizations and media
1.3 Responsible for proactively seeking grants for ASP programs, developing relationships with grant-giving agencies and training chapters to be fiscally independent
1.4 Works with private corporations on the developing corporate social responsibility activities that can benefit ASP
1.5 Audits the utility of society resources -- monies, equipment and personnel.
1.6 Responsible for monitoring execution of strategic plan through target setting and monitoring -- including chapter health management and program execution
1.7 Reports to the ASP National President and provides monthly operational summary to the Board of Trustees

2. Desired Skills and Experience

2.1 Relevant work experience in executive NGO management including responsibility for budget oversight, board relations and strategic planning
2.2 Expertise in the execution of programs benefitting the disabled community at the grassroots level
2.3 Has the passion to advocate for individuals with autism and their families
2.4 Strong leadership and management skills
2.5 Excellent communication and computer skills
2.6 Excellent in networking and building partnerships; able to represent the organization in various government
2.7 Monitors the activities of committees, task forces and chapters; and provides guidance, resources and assistance, as needed
2.8 Willing to be based in Quezon City and to travel to other areas as needed

3. Job Banding

3.1 New hire: Program Manager
3.2 Junior: Executive Director
3.3 Senior: Senior Executive Director

01 January 2017

Guidelines for the Election of ASP National Trustees

To view the final list of nominees for the next batch of ASP Board of Trustees to serve the organization from 2017 to 2019, please click here. To vote, one must be an active / paid member as of 31 October 2016.

Voting Process:
1. Members may cast their ballot via electronic voting 29 December 2016 to 15  January 2017.

2. Members may cast their ballot via electronic voting if they meet the following criteria.
2.1. Live outside Metro Manila
2.2. Has active membership status as of October 31, 2016

3. ASP members based in NCR must be present to vote. Final details of the election (date and venue) to be announced so please check the page regularly for the updates.
3.1 ASP member based in NCR may apply for absentee voting by sending an email to with the subject "REQUEST FOR ABSENTEE VOTING"

4. Voters will be validated with the records of ASP National. If the chapter does not submit regular membership reports to the National office, their members will not be able to nominate, be nominated or vote at their National level.

The conduct of the elections will be based on the ASP National By-Laws. Decisions of the Election Committee are deemed final.

29 December 2016

List of Candidates for ASP Board of Trustees 2017 - 2019

The Autism Society Philippines will be electing its 11 new set of  Board of Trustees for the year 2017-2019. The Election Committee is composed of Ms. Jennette F. Rodriguez, (EleCom Chair), Mr. Cenin Faderogao (EleCom Vice Chair), Ms. Carla Dizon and Ms. Abby Mendoza.

Twenty three (23) nominees were evaluated by the Election Committee for the criteria set in the ASP By-Laws. While some were not qualified, others did not accept the nomination. As of today, the Elecom has confirmed the final thirteen (13) candidates.

According to the ASP Policy 14-0033 on Organization Design, Item In the event of board vacancy, the Board of Trustees will nominate candidates from the pool of active members who meet the criteria for ASP Trustees and will collectively decide who among the nominees shall fill up the board vacancy.

Here are the 13 candidates for the ASP Board of Trustees 2017-2019:

Adviento, Mary Grace L. is a current ASP National Trustee. A physical therapist by training but a copy center entrepreneur by profession, Grace is mother to CWA Adrian. Her down-to-earth and magnetic appeal makes her one of the best facilitators of Early Detection and Intervention Program and SM Autism Orientation. Grace is “face of ASP mom.” She brings encouragement to mothers that life with autism can be exciting, giving smiles of hope to other families. Grace has contributed to ASP in multiple capacities, most significantly as ASP’s President from 2010-2012.

Almendrala, Carmel C. A former 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. Serving as Trustee for more than seven terms, she reminds young mothers of children with autism: Grab every opportunity and don’t take no for an answer. This is evident in her son Mike, who is a Special Olympian Medalist (who competed in 2005 in powerlifting and in 2013 in bowling), a 2005 Apolinario Mabini Awardee, and an independent member of the community working as an administrative staff of the Philippine Information Agency.

Cheng, Helen Q. is a current ASP National Trustee. As a neophyte trustee, she has contributed a lot for ways and means during ASP major events - Angels Walk, National Autism Consciousness Week celebration, World Autism Awareness Day, and others. Her practical approach to getting things done made a lot of these events easier to execute. Helen graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Business Administration. She is currently working with her husband’s family business and at the same time a fulltime mom to her four children including Kenrick Albert, a 21 year old artist with autism. Helen's generous heart includes sharing Kenrick's talents in any way helpful to ASP.

Go, Evelyn O. Evelyn juggled between managing her business and taking up Special Education in UP Diliman to help her son, Gelo. “This disability (autism) will be a life long challenge our family has to face. I accepted this and learned to cope.” With her no-non-sense financial management skills and business instincts, Evelyn has been a valued ASP Trustee, serving as the organization's Treasurer for multiple terms.

Gomez, Marie Grace is a Associate Professor 2 and a faculty member of the Special Education Area, UP College of Education at University of the Philippines Diliman. She is also the Director of the Diliman Learning Resource Center. Doctor Grace is currently connected with the Counselor Education Area of the College of Education.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (1998), a Master of Arts in Education Degree with major in Guidance (2003), a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree majoring in Guidance (2007) and another Doctor of Philosophy in Education Degree majoring in Special Education (2012).

Ofrecia, Ma. Joyla N. is a mother of a teenage boy with autism. She has been a hands-on mother and for more than 10 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other school/center-based interventions for her own son and other children with autism. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Angeles University Foundation. She conducts orientations and trainings to parents and professionals on autism. She is the current president of the Autism Society Philippines City of San Fernando Chapter. Teacher Joy finds her fulfilment in her role as an advocate of autism and an instrument to empowering parents of children with special needs.

Peña, Mary Janette I. is an ASP National Trustee and the current President of ASP Dasmarinas. Jan is one of the tireless movers behind the meteoric rise in the numbers of ASP chapters nationwide, most significantly in Cavite. Jan’s commitment to the national autism advocacy has earned -- together with her husband Al and kids Thea, Muneer (an adolescent with autism) and Milli -- the coveted Jollibee Family Values Award in 2015. Jan is also actively involved in the El Shaddai Ministry.

Peña, Anthea Carmeli I. is the elder sister of 20-year old PWA Muneer Peña of Dasmariñas City, Cavite. She is a fresh graduate (Salutatorian) of BS Occupational Therapy from the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Dasmariñas, Cavite. Ate Thea is a long-time sibling participant in various Sibs Camps in Laguna and Cavite, consequently developing her skills as a co-faciliator in the recent Sibs Camps held in Cavite. Tita Jan Peña is the mother of Ate Thea Peña, the current President of ASP Dasmariñas Chapter and the untiring steward or “Gobernadora” of ASP chapters in Cavite. She served as the Camp Director and house parent in this year’s Siblings Camp Cavite.

Ramos, Ma. Victoria. Marivic is a current ASP National Trustee and the current Vice-President of ASP Laguna Chapter. A Trainer for Work, Live and Play Program to young adults with autism at Autism Resource Center (ARC). Marivic is a pillar of the autism advocacy community in Los Baños, immersing herself in special education and training and empowerment programs over the years. As an ASP delegate, she was elected to the board of the Philippine Community Based Disability Inclusive Development Network. She is a single mother to a 23 year old young adult with autism, Victor Michael "Mico" Ramos who is now working at ASP National Headquarters as Junior Program Assistant.

Roa, Christine Marianne C. 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.

Sicam, Cecile S. is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as President from 2001 to 2004; and as its current Secretary. Cecile has been instrumental in the founding of Professionals for Autism Foundation, Inc., Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Philippine Association for Behavioral Analysis. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara, California; and came back to serve Filipino children with special needs. She is currently one of the Program Coordinators of Bridges Foundation, Inc. Her adult son, Likas, has been employed for more than a decade.

So, Perlita is a current ASP National Trustee. Peng juggles between being a full-time, hands-on-mom to her two gems on the spectrum, Patrick and Angelo; and, with her husband, empowering her other adult children in handling the family business. Peng has inspired many with her fortitude in guiding Patrick (who recently graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University) and Angelo (who undergoes functional life skills and pre-vocational training). By a fortunate stroke of serendipity, Peng was introduced to ASP and autism advocacy; and she has never looked back. Advocating for autism acceptance and inclusion has become a part of her daily agenda. She inspires others to think beyond the autism diagnosis and to enrich the lives of children with autism by gifting them with valuable life experiences.

Veluz, Mona Liza M. serves as the National President of the Autism Society Philippines. She received degrees in Business Administration, Applied Economics and Strategic Marketing from the University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Asia and the Pacific and the London School of Business. Drawing from her experience as a corporate communications professional, she helped grow the national advocacy initiatives such as the 1Pangako, ASP Angel Corps, A-OK Philippines campaigns and the ASP Career Placement Initiative. She speaks publicly on disability advocacy, leadership, and genealogy. 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.

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