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.

20 May 2010

ASP Websites Credited to Volunteer Autism Angels

By: Cris Estampador, ASP Trustee

Autism Society Philippines wishes to thank volunteers stepped forward and generously gave their time and expertise to help us.

The ASP Board of Trustees is happy with the outcome of the new website, “A lot of disability advocacy groups and non-profits are floored by the design. They think that we spent a lot on it,” said ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon.

That impression is actually the opposite of the truth. The credit for the design goes to the people of Leo-Burnett that were headed Ben Reyes and Kandice Ting for managing the team that designed it.

The ASP Website by Leo-Burnett

We wanted to veer away from the usual puzzle symbol for autism. Using a puzzle piece to represent autism willimprint into our consciousness; to see and think ‘AUTISM as a PUZZLE’ thus, ‘AUTISM simply IS a PUZZLE’. This association will ultimately serve as an obstacle in itself and makes it harder to find a solution. We wanted something more optimistic and more heart-based.

Leo-Burnett and team made it happen for us. The moment I saw the design, I wanted to hug the team immediately. Photography was done by Certified Autism Angel, John Chua of AdPhoto and the execution of the site was done by Passion Overdrive Digital Services.

ASP wanted to remain financially viable for our constituents and stay relevant to these families. Harnessing the best of Internet Technology answered this challenge to move priority projects.

ASP has also become recognized internationally by the World Autism Organization, Autism Society of America, Autism Hearts Foundation, ACES Angels to name a few. Through the internet, ASP is able engage the Philippine Autism Community, reaching out and communicating to members or users in far flung provincial areas, who needed help.

ASP is also thankful for other volunteers who have given their expertise in helping solidify its internet presence. Web design for Autism Beyong Borders Conference site was provided by DeLa Salle- College of Saint Benilde students, Jen Chua and Diane Pua. These talented girls also took care of the ingenious design collaterals for successful conference.

The ABB Website designed by Jenny Chan and Dianne Pua

The girls also get the credit for the background for Autismo sa Pinas, ASP’s community site. ASP’s internet presence is not only about setting up their information on websites or social networking sites. At the back-end of all this technology, information databases also have to be protected.

The Autismo sa Pinas Community Website

Internet professionals, such as Paul de Paula of Optimum Sources, Inc., have volunteered on more than one occasion to help restore and secure ASP’s website.

There is still a lot of improvement needed and ASP constituents have been very vocal in telling ASP what they need from its websites and their comments are very much appreciated by the ASP Executive Committee.

This wouldn’t be possible if these volunteers did not step forward and generously gave their time and expertise to help us. We are always, always thankful for these wonderfully talented and giving angel volunteers.

Cristina Estampador, is ASP Trustee and Tech Visionary. Her background in IT & Finance channels ASP to explore new avenues in management and economics. Her cutting-edge ideas take ASP to a whole new level in marketing and internet communications. She has two boys on the spectrum, Henry, 11 and Derek, 9.


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