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.

04 March 2015

FotoKlase for Angels Walk 2015

It was another answered prayer. All it took was a short exchange between ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe and advocacy photographer Orville Calicdan on Facebook. While she was still musing if she could ask him, he asked her first. Angels Walk for Autism 2015 was assured of an organized photo coverage from members of Fotoklase sa Kalye: Jae Bustamante, Orville Calicdan, Janelle Castro, Melvin De Guzman, Alvin Evangelista, Ando Garcia, Robert Ilagan, Robert Paul Ines, Noel Orcullo, Meo Remalante, Jett Roxas, Ricardo Sirot Jr.. They planned what to shoot, where to shoot. They were like cupids hovering inside Arena and around Mall of Asia during the walk, shooting not with bows and arrows but with their cameras. Their gift to the 12,000 autism angels who gathered in Arena last January 25, see for yourself.




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27 February 2015

Seminar on the Art Of The Innocents Slated for March 14

Art of the Innocents is a program for cultivating creativity and self expression in persons with developmental disabilities through visual arts. In this seminar parents and teachers will learn how to use Art, not to improve fine motor skills, but as a mode of expressive language, as a venue for social interaction, as a means to improve focus and attention and as a form of therapy. Participants will be inspired by the actual artworks of students with special needs from the time they began up to the present. Hear how the program has made a difference in their lives.

The first part of the seminar will be an introduction on the principles and process of the program with video and photo samples of the process and of the artworks. The second half of the session will be a hands-on workshop on how to conduct art sessions with persons with special needs.



About the Speakers:

Maria Theresa P. Aficial is a graduate of AB Psychology and AB Economics at the University of the Philippines. She has completed her academic units in the Master of Arts in Special Education at the UP College of Education. Teacher Thess, as she is fondly called, has been a teacher for more than a decade. She has taught pre-elementary, elementary, high school, college and for the past 3 years she has taught adolescents and adults with special needs at Bridges Foundation, Inc. She joined the Art Program at BFI in 2012 and has been witness to the wonders of the art program.


Ma. Cecilia V. Zamora a.k.a.Teacher Ichie had her Bachelor in Secondary Education and Masters in Education at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Having her interest in Special Education, she had her second Master's Degree in Special Education at the Philippine Normal University. Her teaching experience spans 20 years, covering preschool to college levels. During the past 4 years, she has devoted her time at Bridges as a SPED teacher handling a vocational class comprised of 14-21 year old students with various special needs. The Bridges Art Workshop Program, spearheaded by T. Barbara Dans-Paguia, is an integral part of the class. Together with the parents, caregivers, and Teacher Aides, Teacher Ichie witnessed the effectiveness of art as an and important method of communication and expression. It builds and develops confidence and encourages creativity. Also, art is a way of managing pleasant and unpleasant behavior thus instilling calmness in the children.


Seminar Rate
Pre-reg. *until Mar 10
ASP Member - P500.00
Non-Member - P600.00


On-Site Registration
ASP Member - P600.00
Non-Member - P700.00




Seminar Details

Topic: The Art of The Innocents
Date: 14 March 2015, Saturday
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue: Bridges Foundation, Inc. #22 Scout Limbaga St. Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/1u2BNIW

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s at autismphils@gmail.com and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 70 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 02-926-6941 or 02-929-8447.

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.


12 February 2015

Assistive and Empathic Technologies for Autism

The First Forum on Assistive and Empathic Technologies for Autism was held to spark the conversation on the development of innovative ways technology can help Filipinos with autism and their families adapt to the challenges of the condition. The event was held at Dela Salle University Manila last 27 January 2015 as part of the celebration of National Autism Conciousness Week; and led by the Autism Society Philippines, SAP Philippines, DLSU-CEHCI and supported by the Occupational Therapists Association of the Philippines, Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists, Seer Technologies and Developer Connect Philippines. There were 500 participants who registered for the event -- including technologists, therapists, educators and parents.


Mr. Rizalio Sanchez of the National Council for Disability Affairs opened the event with a warm welcome. ASP National President, Ms. Mona Veluz followed with a short background of why technology will play an increasingly important role in helping Filipinos with autism live rich and purposeful lives.

Mr. Andy David, Director for Healthcare Solutions, SAP Asia-Pacific and Japan introduced a new collaboration solution called Care Circles, which allows stakeholders to an individual’s intervention and care to communicate and record milestones more effectively. The tool also provides Philippine-specific information and resources to those who are participating in the Philippine pilot being conducted by the Autism Society Philippines.

President of Seer Technologies Mr. Joseph Benjamin Ilagan and software designer Xerez Hernandez talked about Tom Taps. They shared the project milestones and their vision for the future of this Filipino-developed augmentative and alternative communication system.

DLSU Center for Empathic Human-Computer Interaction’s Nellie Chua -- summa cum laude of DLSU’s BSCS-ST‘10 -- discussed her project on teaching children with autism to improve eye contact through a computer-aided application which promotes mimicry. She also shared DLSU’s work on empathic spaces or rooms that can adjust (light, temperature, ambient music or sound) to the psycho-social condition of a person with autism. Memorable were Nellie’s sharing of how her project has touched the lives of the small children who have used her solutions.

The panel discussion which capped the interactive and engaging event focused on the Future on Autism Technologies in the Philippines. The speakers were joined by President of the Speech Pathologist Association of the Philippines Rowena Ynion, Occupational Therapists Association of the Philippines Officer Carina Marie Castillo and Head of the DLSU Center for Empathic Human-Computer Interaction Dr. Raffy Cabredo.

This first will be followed by many more; as the event’s success proved that assistive technology for people with disabilities is an under-addressed topic in the Philippine autism advocacy agenda.

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About the contributor: Mona Magno-Veluz 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 and the A-OK Philippines campaigns. Her eldest is PWA Carl, a young man working in their family business and growing his budding entrepreneurial venture.

10 February 2015

Understanding Autism Seminar in Mati City

The Presidential Commission on Urban Poor, the City Government of Mati, Davao Oriental, the City of Mati Social Welfare Office, the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office Mati City and DepEd Mati City hosted a seminar on Understanding Autism. The event was attended by 150 participants, mostly day care teachers from the 26 barangay’s of Mati City, Davao Oriental.


The seminar helped participants understand the condition, as the many ways the community -- government, parents, educators and other stakeholders -- can help make the lives of persons with autism richer. The role of the LGU, through its PDAO was highlighted. A follow up activity called "Handling Children with Special Needs at Home and in School" in May 2015 is in planning.

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About the contributor. Alejandro S. Cabason Jr. serves as Vice President of the Autism Society Philippines. Alex is a graduate of AB Political Science from the University of the East Manila and of MA in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman. This public servant, church worker and a motivational speaker is happily married with four children. His youngest child, Victor Lorenzo or Vinz, is on the spectrum. An ardent advocate of autism education since 2002, he served as the President of ASP Marikina Valley Chapter.

08 February 2015

Autism Orientation for the Presidential Commision on Urban Poor

Regional and City Area Managers of Presidential Commission on Urban Poor had a 3-day orientation about autism and other neuro developmental disorders at Elizabeth Hotel in Cebu City last 3-5 February 2015. It was attended by Hernani B. Panganiban (PCUP Chairman), Joy Jarabelo, Ric Domingo and Conrad Sillada (PCUP Commissioners), Ms. Chloe O. MaƱosa (Chief- Visayas Operations) and the PCUP Visayas staff.


The orientation made possible the discussion on the issues and concerns of the persons with autism as well as the rights and privileges of PWDs. Area managers were tasked to incorporate PWD advocacy in their work plans, specifically to advocate for the creation of PDAOs in every LGU, and to include the representation of PWA parents in PDAO offices.

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About the contributor. Alejandro S. Cabason Jr. serves as Vice President of the Autism Society Philippines. Alex is a graduate of AB Political Science from the University of the East Manila and of MA in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman. This public servant, church worker and a motivational speaker is happily married with four children. His youngest child, Victor Lorenzo or Vinz, is on the spectrum. An ardent advocate of autism education since 2002, he served as the President of ASP Marikina Valley Chapter.

 
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