The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

03 November 2019

Effective Response to Crisis Behaviors

What: Effective Response to Crisis Behaviors
When: 23 November 2019, 8am - 12nn (1st batch) and 1pm - 5pm (2nd batch)
Where: ASP National Headquarters (http://bit.ly/asp-map2)


Meltdowns and aggressive behaviors often occur with individuals on the autism spectrum. This is a way for them to communicate something that is personally distressing. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who interacts with the individual should know how to respond to these events and help them through a tough experience -- while minimizing physical trauma and destruction to property. This workshop will help participants understand the cause of crisis behaviors, will provide tips on deescalating behaviors before they become meltdowns and provide practical tips on how to avoid injury for both the persons on the autism spectrum and those around them when aggressive behaviors occur. Participants who attended the October 19 workshop on Behavior Management Planning Part 1 shall be given priority. This learning opportunity is exclusively for ASP members -- parents, family members and professionals with clinical exposure to individuals on the autism spectrum.

This workshop will involve physical movement; which is why participants will be limited to 30. Registered participants should come in comfortable attire which will allow them to move -- jewelry or sharp accessories are discouraged.

Our Speaker:

Cecile Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as Secretary, President from 2001 to 2004; Vice President. Cecile has been teaching children with special needs for more than 2 decades. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara County, California; and upon her return resumed her position as Program Coordinator of Bridges Foundation Inc. She served as BFI's Directress from 2010-2016. She was her son's job coach upon his transition from school. Her adult son, Likas, has been employed for more than a decade. Now retired, she is currently ASP's Board Secretary, Education Committee Head and Project Manager of the Homepowerment Project.

Seminar Rates: (certificate and snack included)

The Seminar is exclusive to members of the Autism Society Philippines. Seminar rate is until November 20th only, additional P200 for walkin registration and onsite payment.

P 400 - Seminar only (For existing ASP Members)
P 900 - Seminar + ASP membership

Seminar fees may be deposited 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 30 slots per batch 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 02-79035496.

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.

17 October 2019

ASP Heroes and Villains Costume Party

ASP members, don your best Heroes and Villains Costume outfit! Join us in a for a day of friendship, food and fun!


WHAT: ASP Heroes and Villains Pizza-Pasta Costume Party
WHEN: 09 November 2019, Sat, 10am-12nn (for 15yo and below) and 2pm-4pm (16yo and up)
WHERE: ASP National Headquarters
WHO: Persons on the spectrum + strictly 1 companion max.

Bring any of the following food to share: pizza, spaghetti, barbeque, drinks.

You are in for songs, dancing and games! Make new friends and bond with the old. The best costumes gets prizes!

Thank you to our supporting partner La Maison B.

07 October 2019

The National Autism Consciousness Week 2020


Autism is a lifelong developmental exceptionality, which may challenge an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize and adapt to the world around him.  One in 100 Filipinos are on the autism spectrum, translating to approximately 1.2 million of our countrymen living with autism today.

The Autism Society Philippines is one with the nation in celebrating the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week to be held from 20 to 26 January 2020. This annual observance was made possible by President Fidel Ramos' Proclamation 711 of 1996 – in inspiring acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of persons on the autism spectrum in society. The activities of the week promote action by the public and private sectors towards enabling persons on the autism spectrum to live with dignity, enjoy equal rights and access, function independently and contribute productively. We would like society to strive beyond “awareness” and to inspire genuine inclusion -- through acceptance, accommodation and appreciation!

We hope to inspire awareness, acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of autism in all sectors of society. Public and private institutions are encouraged to spearhead creative activities, events and programs, towards building opportunities for our neurodiverse population. We recognize that to effect the changes we need, we must work together.

Event details below include links to resources that may be helpful for the public's full participation in this national commemoration. #angelswalk2020 #nacw2020 #AutismOKPH #AutismOKWorld

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The absence of the puzzle imagery in our materials is deliberate.  The Autism Society Philippines does not support the use of the puzzle icon to represent autism, as persons on the spectrum should neither be illustrated as "mind-boggling" nor "incomplete".
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NATIONAL EVENTS (Work in Progress)
20-26 January 2020
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1Bansa, 1Pangako
20 January 2020, Monday | Nationwide
The Autism Society Philippines invites the country -- governments agencies, businesses, schools and other institutions -- to spark the conversation on autism inclusion, by making the 1Pangako oath during the Monday morning flag ceremony.
Toolkit: http://bit.ly/1bansa1pangako
Participating Government Agencies: COMELEC Nationwide
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Workshop for First-Time Voters on the Spectrum
20 January 2020, Monday | Manila City | By Sign-Up
First time voters with autism and intellectual disabilities are invited to participate in a workshop discussing voting procedures and simulating the voting process (complete with machines and forms).  This is a unique opportunity to discover ways to improve and facilitate the voting experience for those who may have sensory or cognitive challenges.
Led by: ASP, Commission on Elections
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Angels Walk for Autism 2020
26 January 2020, Sunday | Pasay City | Public Event
Led by: ASP, SM Cares, MOA Arena, SM MOA, Decathlon, National Council on Disability Affairs, ASEAN Autism Network, Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability, Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Tickets: https://angelswalk2020.eventbrite.ca
Updateshttp://bit.ly/2p4OVUP
Downloadable Posterhttp://bit.ly/2MWKymE

05 October 2019

Save the Date for the Angels Walk for Autism 2020!


The Autism Society Philippines (ASP), together with SM Cares, will hold the annual Angels Walk for Autism on 26 January 2020, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Since it began in 2007, the walk continues to advocate for acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of Filipinos with autism towards an Autism-OK Philippines.

This year’s Angels Walk for Autism celebrates our nation's strong familial bonds that have pushed our advocacy from the boundaries of our nation, to the communities of the ASEAN and the world! We honor the 13,000 members of the Autism Society Philippines, across 97 chapters. "For the last 30 years, our chapters and members have built Autism-OK communities with the help of families they were born into and families they chose." said ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz. "Our advocacy started with families and we celebrate this legacy as the public sector, the private sector and the general public become more accepting."

Save the date! Over 24,000 participants -- families, professionals, supporters from the government and private sectors, from the Philippines and overseas -- are expected to join the annual walk from the MOA Arena to the SM MOA Music Hall. The walk is held with the support of the MOA Arena, SM Mall of Asia, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, National Council of Disability Affairs, Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability, ASEAN Autism Network and Decathlon.

#angelswalk2020 #nacw2020 #AutismOKPH #AutismOKWorld




03 October 2019

Behavior Management Planning

What: Behavior Management Planning Seminar-Workshop
When: 19 October 2019, 8am - 12nn
Where: ASP National Headquarters (http://bit.ly/asp-map2)


Behaviors are a way for our children on the spectrum to communicate their needs. In this seminar-workshop, participants will understand the reasons for challenging behaviors, techniques to scan the environment to reduce chances of challenging behaviors, and strategies to help children stay engaged and regulated. At the end of the workshop participants shall have created a behavior management plan for their child which they can implement in their home, school or other environment.

Our Speaker:

Cecile Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as Secretary, President from 2001 to 2004; Vice President. Cecile has been teaching children with special needs for more than 2 decades. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara County, California; and upon her return resumed her position as Program Coordinator of Bridges Foundation Inc. She served as BFI's Directress from 2010-2016. She was her son's job coach upon his transition from school. Her adult son, Likas, has been employed for more than a decade. Now retired, she is currently ASP's Board Secretary, Education Committee Head and Project Manager of the Homepowerment Project.

Seminar Rates: (certificate and snack included)

The Seminar is exclusive to members of the Autism Society Philippines. Seminar rate is until October 16th only, additional P200 for walkin registration.

P 400 - Seminar only (For existing ASP Members)
P 900 - Seminar + ASP membership

Seminar fees may be deposited 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 45 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 02-9035496.

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.

 
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