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 October 2010

“Make Autism Your CSR”: A Challenge to TGTE Delegates

By: Abegail Mendoza, ASP Program Assistant

ASP joined the Thomasian Global Trade Expo (TGTE) last October 15-17, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center. The 3-day exhibit is part of the preparations for the University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) Quadricentennial Celebration in 2011. ASP Chair Emeritus, Dang Koe, was invited as special guest speaker. She expounded on the topic “Autism as a Corporate Social Responsibility.”
The Thomasian Global Trade Expo (TGTE) last October 15-17, 2010  at the SMX Convention Center

UST is Dang’s alma mater. She was also given The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Award for Humanitarian Service in 2009, for her competence, commitment and compassion in leading Autism Society Philippines to share hopes & build dreams with Filipino families dealing with autism.

The talk was attended by more or less 100 participants, among them are members of the different ASP Chapters within Quezon City and from south: Tanza, Carmona, Cavite North and Laguna. Her lecture is part of ASP’s advocacy to put autism in the mainstream and to push for the recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities as embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

ASP is also a partner exhibitor of TGTE. As expected, there were thousands of Thomasians from different batches who came to visit ASP’s booth. The booth also displayed different ASP merchandise and commemorative items, as part of ASP’s fund raising campaign. Click here to know more about ASP’s Angels for Autism Merchandise.
The ASP Booth during the TGTE

The ASP’s Signs and Symptoms Tarpaulin was a stand-out. Many students, parents and guests read and studied the tarpaulin. One even commented: “Naku baka may autism ang anak niya!”. Though only a few individuals asked the staff what autism is, there were inquiries about referrals to professionals and doctors who are licensed and qualified to give diagnosis or help.

Autism Angels, Abegail Mendoza (ASP Program Assistant) and Cristine Republica (ASP Trainee) distributed ASP brochures, the ACAP newsletter (which contains ASP’s news and activities) and the UNCRPD handouts to help TGTE delegates become aware and informed about autism, and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We want to thank ASP Parent Member, Angie Tuazon, who was instrumental in forging the TGTE-ASP partnership. Angie is also a Thomasian and mother to Seiji, a young boy with autism.

Are you an Angel for Autism? Make AUTISM your Corporate Social Responsibility. To request for Autism Orientation, please email us at or call 7-903-5496.


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