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.

23 July 2010

ASP Join Public Fora on Disabilities

By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary

ASP joined the whole nation in celebration of the 32nd NDPR Week with a Public Fora on Disabilities on July 21, 2010 at the SM Skydome, North EDSA, Quezon City. The fora is sponsored by the RCDA-NCR or Regional Council on Disability Affairs, National Capital Region and SM Program on Disability Affairs.

The Fora sponsored by RCDA-NCR and SM Program on Disability Affairs

ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon, said the whole day fora aims to network other disability organizations and allied medical professionals with supports, parents, college students and Local Government Agencies, towards the prevention and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Almost a total of more than 200 participants were composed of students taking up special education and psychology and other organizations, public and private schools and barangays day care centers from Mandaluyong and Quezon City.

the participants of the said Fora at SM Skydome

ASP National was represented by Vice President, Peng So; Treasure, Evelyn Go; Trustee, Carmel Almendrala and this writer; and from ASP Marikina Valley Chapter President, Alex Cabason and ASP Mandaluyong Chapter officer, Jean Gonzales.

The morning’s forum, Family Support Organizations: Partners in the Journey, offered opportunity for everyone to know the roles, programs and services of the support group organizations with the following presenters Philippine AD/HD Society, Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines; Parents Advocate for Visually Impaired Children; The Centers for Possibilities; Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders and Department of Education, National Capital Region.

Having been in the disability community for more than two decades, ASP has been patterned as one of the model parent support organizations in the country. Ranil presented ASP’s Vision–Mission, programs and services, projects and activities. Click here to know more about ASP.

The afternoon’s forum, The Roles of Professionals clarified the different roles of professionals in managing the different disabilities, with the following presenters, Dr. Jackielyn Navarro, Developmental Pediatrician; Mr. Jaypee Mallari, OTPR; Speech and Language Pathologist, Dr. Ferdeliza Garcia; Special Education Teacher, Ms. Genevieve Rivadelo; Social Worker, Ms. Charito Paran, Supervising Social Worker, DSWD-NCR.

Acknowledgments: Eng. Edilberto Tayo, Director, DPWH-NCR and 2010 NDPR Week Chair ; Mrs. Thelsa Biolena, RCDA Regional Direactor and Chairperson; Eng. Bien Mateo, Director of SM Program on Disability Affairs; Mr. Foilan Maglaya, Program Specialist, OP/PWD DSWD-NCR, Ms. Flerida Labanon, Regional Program Coordinator of NCDA; Mrs. Jcel Paguio, Division Chief, DSWD-NCR, Ms. Flordeliza Magday, Director, DepEd-NCR, Chair on Education Committee.

ASP believes that capacity building of communities is only possible through networking and collaboration with supporters, different institutions, local government agencies and allied medical professionals. Be informed. Be pro-active. Be an Angel for Autism. Sign up now to become a member. Log on to ASP Community Website or email us at or call 7-903-5496.


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