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

Senator Osmeña Donates Books to Public Special Schools

By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary

“I am inspired by all your stories and I congratulate all of you, who volunteer to care for Filipino special children,” said Mrs. Bettina Mejia Lopez-Osmeña during her visit to the Public Forum on Disabilities, last July 21 at the Sky Dome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City.

Mrs. Bettina Mejia Lopez-Osmeña is the wife of Senator Serg Osmena III. The senator believes that Filipino children need to be properly trained to meet the challenges of life. Through his many advocacies, he has championed the needs of indigent children with his medical assistance programs. He has also funded a total of 935 school buildings nationwide, the most by any senator.

The senator also believes in educating the public about autism awareness. Through ASP’s Advocacy Committee member, Trustee Mariter Macapagal, the Senator donates “Our Andrei” books to the libraries of Public Special Schools and Centers in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) The donations were turned over to Dr. Elvira Rocal, Education Supervisor II of DepEd-NCR.

(left-right) ASP Trustee Mariter Macapagal, Mrs. Bettina Mejia Lopez-Osmeña,
wife of Senator Serg Osmena III and Dr. Elvira Rocal, Education Supervisor II of DepEd-NCR

Our Andrei: Living with Autism is a poignant story of the Macapagal Family’s struggle with autism, at a time when it was little known in the country. Click here to know more about the book.

Mrs. Osmeña is equally passionate about education, and left the crowd cheering when she said, “I will be your “special abogado!” (lawyer/defender), addressing the PWD organizations present.

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. Click here to read more about the fora.


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