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.

09 July 2010

ASP Reps Interviewed at 702 DZAS Radio

ASP’s long time media partner in autism advocacy, 702 DZAS, conducted a radio interview with Carmel Almendrala, ASP Trustee and Head of Advocacy Committee, and Ranil Sorongon, ASP Executive Director. The interview last June 24 was featured on their program “ACCESS Radio,” which airs every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00AM.

(L-R) Pastor Eric Maliwat, Ranil Sorongon and Carmel Almendrala

Hoping to reach other kababayans who still have no access to internet, TV or cable, ASP also made radio a tool to inform others about autism. Through the DZAS radio ministry, Pastor Eric Maliwat, DZAS Station Manager, conducts regular interviews of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and representatives of family support organizations to heighten the awareness of their listeners on disability. Click here to read a previous thread.

During the interview conducted, Carmel discussed the tell-tale signs and symptoms to watch out for in children. Click here to know more about the signs. She shared her family’s own journey with Michael and their struggles to overcome the challenges hurdled to them.

From a child who did not speak a word until he was 8 or 9, Mike is now a faint shadow of how he was many years ago. But it didn’t happen overnight, according to Carmel. She attributes Mike’s success to prayers and the autism angels who surrounded him- people who accepted him and showered him with kindness. Mike, (42) now works as a permanent employee of the Philippines Information Agency (PIA) and Special Olympian gold medalist.

Ranil spoke on the programs and services of ASP like monthly seminars to latest seminar data, family support group meetings to Early Detection and Early Intervention on Autism Program and the Siblings’ Workshop, among others.

He also informed the listeners of the 44 ASP Chapters nationwide, who also do regular activities to serve persons with autism and their families. And encouraged others who live far from Metro Manila, to seek help from Chapters.

ASP thanks media partners like DZAS, who believe in our causes for autism awareness and advocacy. For more information on ASP programs and activities this July 17-23 for the NDPR Week Celebrations, click here Visit our community site, Call us at 7-903-5496 or you can email us.


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