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.

28 September 2009

A Phone Call and Text Message

By Tiffany Tan

This morning, I received a phone call from Peng. It was nice hear her voice again and reconnect. Sometimes we get too caught up with our own concerns for our children and personal duties.

While she was updating me on the fashion forecast for the upcoming Autism Beyond Borders Conference her cell phone rang. She excused herself to answer the friend who was inquiring on how to apply for a PWD ID in Quezon City on the other line.

Participants of the Family Support Group
As Super Mommy to Patrick and Angelo, she always has her hands full. And having just concluded facilitating the Family Support Group last Saturday, (September 19), I thought of sharing to you this text message below which she sent to me February 22, 2009: “I would like to share the joyful confusion and dilemma I’m going through regarding Patrick’s college education. He passed entrance exams in all universities UST, UP, Ateneo and DLSU!. Where should he study? UP? Aba syempre! Then we found out about being part of director’s list top 200 qualifiers. Ateneo is offering book allowance. Tempting. Ateneo nalang. Humirit DLSU, offering Patrick a Star Scholarship- a full scholarship program because he landed in the top 60 qualifiers. Pinapahirapan talaga ako ni God. Positive stressors. Dillemma. Hay! ‘San ko s’ya ipapasok? Haha. I cried tears of joy kanina. A boy who wasn’t accepted in pre-school because of his autism is being offered scholarship – Undergraduate including post grad studies. Hay!”

In case you missed the FSG last Saturday, please read her son Patrick’s college application essay. Peng agreed to have the essay posted on the blog to help other people erase misconceptions about autism, and to help children with autism to be the best that they can be. Click here to read the story. Watch Ms. Peng So on QTV’s The Sweet Life with Lucy Torres this coming October 7, 2009.


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