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.

10 November 2009

Powerhouse Passion

By Grace Adviento, ASP Vice President and ABB Conference Chairperson

Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng came and went. Countless sleepless nights thinking of millions of “what ifs”, then on that bright and sunny, Saturday morning, the Philippine autism community trooped to the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

As doors opened "Autism Beyond Borders, Where Hope Prevails", ASP’s 11th National Conference and the 1st Southeast Asian Conference, the mile long escalator took the delegates to the top of the conference hall. My guess on their thoughts… "ASP has leveled up!" and meeting all the ASP Chapter Leaders, made me realize how ASP has truly grown. We are now on our 41st Chapter and still multiplying!

Smiling faces welcomed delegates who waited patiently for us to finish last minute details. Foreign speakers filled our minds for not only two days, but two more at the SM Sky Dome. Our home grown talents beyond borders and sariling atin bigatin speakers made us proud and inspired.

The success of the conference is attributed to the ABB Team, a powerhouse group of passionate individuals, who committed their time and service to this conference- fervently working day and night to provide all things needed. We also want to affirm our chapters for their prayers and their efforts to send delegates to attend the conference.

To all the delegates, the sponsors, the program committee down to the technical team; all our volunteers; to the parents and teachers who never stopped hoping; to everyone who supported the conference; our heartfelt thanks.

ASP shares the success of this conference with all of you. We are grateful. This conference has proven that indeed, hope prevails. And as always, we continue to share hopes and build dreams. We offer all of these to our children.

Join us in moving forward, in growing bigger and doing better.

Mabuhay ang ASP! At maraming, maraming salamat po!


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