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.

18 February 2010

Soon…. A Regional Autism Organization for Southeast Asia

By: Ranilo Sorongon, ASP Executive Director

One of the concrete results from the just concluded Capacity Development of Self-Help Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (CDSHOD) Workshop held last January 26 to 29, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Click here to follow thread.

Through the initiative of Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, Executive Director of Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and Mr. Somchai Rungsilp, ACPD Networking and Collaboration Manager; plus representatives from autism organizations in the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei Darusalam, Myanmar and Vietnam; the core-group discussed issues and concerns relative to autism in their respective countries.

They also brainstormed the importance of having a Regional Autism Organization solely dedicated to autism with the following objectives:

C - Cooperate, Coordinate, Collaborate
A - Advocate and Actively Participate
R – Resource and Research Centre
E - Engage and Empower through Training, Education and Development

The members of the core group that signified the establishment of a regional autism network are: Mr. Ranilo Sorongon, Executive Director, Autism Society Philippines (ASP); Mr. Malai Abdullah Othman, President of Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER), Brunei Darusalam; Mr. Chusak Janthayanond, Chairman of the Association of Parents for Thai Persons with Autism; Mrs. NguyenThi Thu Trang of Hanoi Club for Parents of Autistic Children, Vietnam ; and Mr. Kyaw Htut of Myanmar.

Philippine representative, Ranil Sorongon, was tasked gather inputs from the core-group to be used in drafting the concept paper for the organization.

With the support of APCD, the dream of having a Regional Autism Organization will soon become a reality; promoting autism awareness and advocacy for the rights of persons with autism in the Southeast Asian region.


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