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.

26 July 2010

ASP Diliman Celebrates 3rd Yr with Fruitful Parenting Seminar

By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary

A handful of mothers from the New Era University, found a common bond – their children with autism. They met occasionally for PSG. “The PSG does not stand for Presidential Security Group, but rather, Parent Support Group,” jokes Josephine Palomares, ASP Diliman Chapter President.

ASP Diliman Chapter headed by Jo Palomares (2nd from right) with
Malu Tiongson-Ortiz (5th from right) after the Parenting Seminar

After meeting for quite sometime, the mothers decided to form their own ASP Chapter in 2007, through the assistance of chapter “ninang” (godmother) ASP Trustee, Carmel Almendrala. From ten, they grew to thirty. The chapter is now celebrating their 3rd year in service.

“We went through a tempest,” said Aileen Valera, ASP Diliman Chapter Treasurer as she and another parent, Stella Echano, ASP Diliman Chapter Secretary, gave their personal stories. “We are now stronger,” continues Aileen.

A powerpoint presentation was shown to the more than 75 participants, documenting their activities, their joining the three Angels Walk, two Autism National Conferences, Colors of A Spectrum Photography Workshop and Exhibit.

Their children also looked to each other for peer support, through their Siblings Workshop and the Summer Basketball Clinic. “We plan to have it all year round,” smiled Aileen. Click here to read a previous thread.

The chapter also dreams of having an Autism Training Center someday to cater to the needs of families of children with autism, in Quezon City. So for its first offering, ASP Diliman Chapter embarked on their first Special Parenting Seminar-Workshop. Click here to see related post.

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