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.

18 December 2009

Hooked on EDEIP

ASP Cavite Chapters spearheads another jam-packed EDEIP (Early Detection and Early Intervention Project) Seminar on November 26, 2009. Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School Social Hall was filled with participants coming from nearby towns and municipalities from Cavite City, Noveleta, Rosario and Kawit.

The seminar was hosted in the municipality of Kawit, located at the base of a hooked-shaped shoreline along Manila Bay. Kawit Mayor Tik Aguinaldo and Councilor Gerry Jarin, were the guests of honor.

Kawit Mayor Tik Aguinaldo during his inspirational message

Ms. Yolanda Labo, DSWD Head of the Municipality of Kawit welcomed the 98 participants, composed of DSWD officials and personnel, daycare workers, public school principals, teachers and guidance counselors, and parents. Other guests included ASP officers and members of Cavite North Chapter and ASP Tanza President, Alma Torero.

Resource speaker, Ms. Jan Peña and the participants of the said EDEIP

The mayor gave an inspirational message and pledged to set up a priority thrust program for Persons with Disabilities in Kawit, Cavite. The mayor also emphasized that PWDs are a blessing and should not be treated as burden to society.

EDEIP resource speaker, Ms. Jan Peña, ASP Bacoor Chapter President presented a video from the Carmona PWDCO (Persons with Disabilities Coordinating Office) as a model program for PWDs in all Cavite municipalities. Jan also emphasized on the importance of early detection to help the participants understand, appreciate and support children with autism.

ASP Bacoor Chapter President,

and EDEIP resource speaker, Ms. Jan Peña

After the seminar came the induction of the ASP Cavite North Chapter, headed by Chapter President Arnel Ejercito. The inducting officer is also Jan Peña, who incidentally serves as a board member in ASP National and heads ASP’s Membership Committee as well as the ASP Cavite Chapters.

Thank you for all the people who made this seminar possible. Because of this many residents are now more aware of autism. Knowing the signs and symptoms of autism will help give them the early intervention they need,” said Mary Rose Mijares, Secretary of ASP Cavite North Chapter.

Ms. Labo is also thankful for ASP’s support in the awareness campaign for parents and government workers. She looks forward to a second training on early intervention in Kawit.

ASP Cavite Chapters are on fire to spread the news to all LGU’s that it is possible to create and support a program for PWDs. We invite all LGU’s to join us in the January 9-10 2010 “Autism Within Borders” regional conference to learn the how’s of creating and sustaining such program. Click here for more details.


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