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.

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.

26 March 2016

Family Support Group for April 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.




Marivic is an 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 BaƱos, 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 years old young adult with autism, Victor Michael "Mico" Ramos who is now working at ASP National Headquarters as Junior Program Assistant.

Date: April 16, 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
Map: http://bit.ly/1LwgklB

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.

21 March 2016

The ASP Career Placement Initiative gears up!

“The transition to adulthood is especially sensitive. As a strong advocate of mobilizing the world’s youth to contribute to our collective future, I call for societies to invest more funds in enabling young persons with autism to be part of their generation’s historic push for progress.”
-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

The Autism Society Philippines and the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education partnered to conduct an ASP Career Placement Initiative (ASP CaPI) empowerment activity last 20 March 2016. Dr. Grace Gomez, professor who specializes in psychometrics and PWD counselling, and her class of MA candidates (some teachers, others recruitment professionals) moderated a holistic approach to preparing PWAs for employment.


The PWA applicants, most of whom have undergone the Job Readiness Program of the Independent Living Learning Center, were first tested for their interest areas and general aptitude. Those who struggled were given accommodation by the proctors, as long as time limits were kept. They were taught basics of how to apply for a job, preparing for job interviews and do’s and don’ts in job hunting. For the neurotypical, these fundamentals are sometime taken for granted; but these need to be articulated for this with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This short talk was quickly followed by a demo and a one-on-one simulation where everyone were given a feel for what an interview could be like. Tips for individuals to work on at home will be part of the activity report. The PWA applicants were also engaged in a self-confidence exercise; where the moderator guided them in how to appreciate their strengths and to be more aware of areas they can improve on.

This session was conducted for the purpose of helping persons with autism find meaningful work. It is our intention for PWAs to find employment and for them to stay employed. It is important for them to find a coach or to be able to articulate their feelings about work fulfillment, so they can be led to their true vocation.

ASP CaPI Batch 1 are profiled for "AutiSM at Work" -- a pilot employment program with the SM Food Group.  The candidates will be screened for positions in SM supermarkets as baggers.


The ASP Career Placement Initiative is an program that involves the screening, counselling and placement of adults with autism for employment. We match persons with autism and compassionate employers. ASP calls for employers to look at PWAs as potential contributors with unique skills that can become their company’s competitive advantage. ASP is vested in creating Autism-OK workplaces and in helping individuals who are ready for employment find jobs they will enjoy for life.

15 March 2016

The Autism Advantage Employer Fora

The Autism Society Philippines* is one with the world in celebrating World Autism Awareness Month this April. The United Nations promotes the rights and well-being of people with disabilities; and affirms this by calling for genuine disability-inclusive development -- including increased opportunities for PWA employment. The Philippines heeded this call to action with Republic Act Number 10524, dated 23 July 2012, stating that at least one percent (1%) of all positions in all government agencies, offices or corporations and private corporations with more than one hundred employees should be occupied by persons with disability.

The Autism Society Philippines, National Council on Disability Affairs, Meralco One, MIESCOR and the ASEAN Autism Network invite CEOs, COOs, CHROs and HR practitioners to The Autism Advantage Employer Fora. This event aims to explore best practices and to share initiatives by government and private organizations, which have achieved success in the assimilating individuals with autism into their workforce. Resource speakers will share their learnings in the areas of recruitment, performance management, off-boarding, retention, among others. Transition support institutions will also share their experience on how to best introduce neurodiversity in organizations.

Registration begins at 0800H, and the event will begin at 0900H. Topics will include employment as a human and legal right, employer experiences from the technology industry and the social enterprise, the impact of employment in the life of a person with autism, the government incentives for hiring persons with disabilities and how you can begin to integrate persons with autism in the workplace.

Secure your seat. Please sign up for the event on-line via http://bit.ly/asp-aa2016 or the form below. The event is primarily for EMPLOYERS. Only a few seats are allotted for ASP MEMBERS who are parents or teachers.

13 March 2016

ASP welcomes ASP NMVO Batch 1

“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skillfully marketed before it will actually shift people's perceptions and behavior.” 

― David Bornstein, How to Change the World


ASP welcomed participants to the first of the monthly New Member and Volunteer Orientation (ASP NMVO) at the Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters last 12 March 2016.

ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz presided over the orientation with assistance from ASP National Trustee Peng So, ASP UP-CAMP President Jeng Rodriguez and ASP Program Manager Cenin Faderagao.


The event opened with the Autism Advocate’s Prayer and the ASP version of the Philippine National anthem. The 28 participants introduced themselves and explained why there were there. Half were parents eager to understand what the organization can do for their families. The other half were educators, psychologists and professionals eager to be part of ASP’s journey towards and Autism-OK Philippines.

Ms. Mona proceeded to give an overview of what autism is, to expound the nuances of language and labels around autism and to share the mission and programs of ASP and its activities over the next few months. The large group split into the parent and the volunteer circle where the participants continued to discuss the next steps in how they want to be involved in the advocacy.

Moving forward, ASP will conduct an orientation for the growing number of ASP members and volunteers monthly. Please monitor our Facebook account for announcements.

 
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