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.

23 April 2010

Our Andrei: Living with Autism

By: Vicente Román S. Santos, co-author

A first of it kind in the Philippines, a biographical book about a familiy’s stru ggle with autism.

Be moved by a Filipino family’s difficulties and successes in addressing autism in one of its members.

Learn about autism, its symptoms and methods managing it.

Find out how a child with autism roused his family up from a life of comfort and complacency to one of concern and social action

Discover how consciousness about autism in the Philippines grew from the 1960s, when it was hardly known, up to the present.


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Our Andrei: Living with Autism is a poignant story of the Macapagal Family’s struggle with autism, at a time when it was little known in the country. Without their devotion to Andrei, one of the earliest known cases of Autism, this story would have been a tragedy.


But the Macapagals cleared the hurdles, driven by a resolve to break some of the walls that isolated Andrei from the world. In the end, it was Andrei who unwittingly humanized his parents and siblings, even as they helped him.


Some of the people involved in the production of this book were moved to tears as they read through the drafts. It was not the painful episodes that caused this. Rather, it was how the family’s profound love translated into action and made better human beings out of each one of them.


Ronnie (the late Reynaldo G. Alejandro) and I are not the authors of this book, for we neither created the characters nor formed its plot. We merely told the story that the Macapagal have been living out. It is they who authored the book from which we may now draw inspiration.


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“Our Andrei: Living with Autism is available at ASP National Office. Proceeds of this book will go to the programs and services of Autism Society Philippines. Call 929-8447 or 926-6941 or email us at autismphil@pldtdsl.net or autismphils@gmail.com. Visit our website at www.autismsocietyph.org or www.community.autismsocietyph.org

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