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 August 2009

Dreaming Big for Autism

by: Riza Cansanay, President ASP-Laguna

We dream big. Our goals were big goals. Create jobs for our adults with autism. Provide living and recreational facilities. Make the physical environment more adaptable for participation. Educate the people in the community about autism. This vision was formulated under an Acacia Tree on year 2004.

ASP Laguna Chapter receives a US$40,000 grant from United Parcel Service (UPS) for its sustainable work-live-play training program for young adults with autism to fund the project:

“A Social Enterprise in Batong Malake for Young Adults with Autism and their Families”

Proposed by ASP National to the UPS Foundation, the project started officially on the first day of June with a ceremonial turnover at the Autism Resource Center Laguna. ASP Laguna Chapter President Riza Cansanay, Vice-President Cathy Lopez plus some PWAs welcomed participants during the event.

Aside from training these young adults, the project will also sustain environmental adaptations, volunteer networks, educated populace, and in place programs, give the necessary financial support to enable the chapter to network with families, member schools of the chapter, the local government units and community groups.

Last June 16, 2009, the first batch of trainees started their training program. This group was assessed on selected tasks, process and motor skills by the interns of UP-CAMP (University of the Philippines College of Medical Professions) last April 25, 2009. More trainees will be accepted to undergo appropriate modules that will incorporate live, play and work.

The events have proven that the vision of an enabling community is a truly a divine inspiration. We believe that “God keeps His promise to those who keep their purpose firm.” The faith we had held onto though the years made all these things possible. And we at ASP Laguna share this hope: Dream Big for Autism.


Karen said...

Hello Ma'am.

I am Karen Lapitan, currently a correspondent of a national daily. I would like to know the contact details of ASP-Laguna. I am interested to get in touch with ASP-Laguna so I can write about its future activities. My email address is

Thank you!

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