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.

04 December 2009

Commitment Building For Parent Leaders

Twenty – eight parent leaders and Board of Directors of AKAPIN Batangan and second liner leaders attended the Training on Leadership and Commitment Building last July 8-10, 2009 at the Tan Ville Garden Resort, Rosario, Batangas. It was made possible through the efforts of NORFIL – CBR, LGUs of Batangas and AKAPIN Batangan Inc. AKAPIN Batangan has invited 2 resource persons from different organizations. Ms. Nimfa Gamboa of TOPS gave a lecture on effective parenting which emphasizes the roles each parent plays in child rearing. It basically discussed how to become a responsible parent rather than a good parent.

Ms. Dang Koe, President of Autism Society Philippines was invited to talk about Commitment Building to encourage participants to commit more to the organization, and in promoting the rights of their children with disability. . She narrated how Autism Society Philippines started from a group of parents in Manila and now reaching out to sos many provinces in the Philippines. She also shared her struggles of being a parent of a child with autism, and how she was able to manage and advocate for the rights of her child. The participants gave very good feedback and appreciated how Ms. Koe was able to help her child with autism and how she was able to lead Autism Society Philippines. It gave the participants renewed commitment on leading and continue what they are doing as leaders of their core group and organization.

Ms. Dang koe with Norfil Staff and organizer

NORFIL Foundation Inc Community Based Rehabilitation program organized the parents organization last 2004 of the children with disability it served in Batangas, and it was then recognized as AKAPIN Batangan. The organization on its 5th year, is able to have its own programs and services for their members/ children with disability and the community as a whole through the provision of home based special education and therapy, educational assistance to those children with disability who are schooling, provision of medical assistance and conduct of training to parents with children with disability. It is also active partner of LGU in preventing disability through the conduct of community based ear screening/ vision testing with the help of other organization.They are able to implement these programs and services through individual donors and funders, partner Local Government Units, rotary clubs and Liliane Foundation Philippines who gives sponsorship to children with disability needing medical and educational assistance.


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