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.

26 July 2010

Dear President Noynoy

As the nation awaits for President Noynoy Aquino’s State of the Nation Address, we blog the letter of a 12 year old girl, whose brother has autism. This article was written June 28, 2010, two days before the presidential inauguration and is reposted with permission from the author and her family.


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Dear President-elect Noynoy Aquino,


Ako po ay 12 yrs. old kasalukuyang nag-aaral sa mababang paaralan ng Pasong Tamo Elementary School nasa ika-anim na baitang. Nais ko po sanang hilingin sa inyo na magkaroon ng maayos at mabigyan ng malaking benepisyo ang lahat ng mga batang may autism o autistic child. Sapagkat ako po ay may kapatid na autistic child mahirap para sa aming pamilya na harapin ang pag subok na ito lalong-lalo na kami po ay kapos din po sa kabuhayan.


Ang akin pong mga magulang ay malaki ang tiwala sa inyong kakayahan na mabibigyan ninyo ng pansin na ang aming kahilingan ay magkaroon ng kaganapan.


Sana din po ay mabigyan ng sapat na kaalaman ang mamayan tungkol po sa kanilang pag-uugali dahil wala pong nakakaunawa sa kanila kung hindi kami lang po ng pamilya namin. Kami po ng buong pamilya namin ay natutuwa sa ginawang pelikula ni Jet Li ang "Ocean Heaven" na maisa-publiko ang tunay na anyo ng autistic person at mapaunawa sa buong mundo na matanggap sila sa mundong ginalaw natin.


Jecrislie



English translation:


Dear President-elect Noynoy Aquino,

My name is Jecrislie Mendiola. I am 12 years old and a Grade Six student of Pasong Tamo Elementary School. I have an autistic brother. It’s very difficult for our family to face the challenges, most especially due to our difficulties in earning a living.


It is also the wish of my family for society to have more understanding about their behaviors, because no one can understand my brother, except our own family. I wish to ask a favor from you, to have better, if not, more benefits for all children with autism. My parents have put their hopes on you, believing you can listen to our plea.


We are elated at the Jet Li’s Ocean Heaven and await the screening of this movie on the correct portrayal of an autistic person, for the society to accept them in the world we are living.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Jercrislie


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ASP National President, Grace Adviento has written formally to Jercrislie to personally invite her to Family Support Group. The National Office has also talked to her father regarding their concerns for the autistic brother and informed them of ASP programs and services. We also have contacted LGUs to assist them in their needs locally. The ASaP News Team will keep you posted on the latest news on the family.

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ASP continues to work hard for a brighter tomorrow. We appeal to the Aquino government for the implementation of programs and services for people with autism and their families. And we eagerly await the signing of the eight autism bills into law. 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 autismphil@pldtdsl.net or call 9266941 / 9298447.

1 comments:

wilma said...

i hope to hear what happened to this letter. and... though i am not familiar with bill i know it is for the good of the kids with autism or the kids with special needs... it is time to inform the public what they need.

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