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.

26 November 2010

AutiSM, Caring this October

By Cristine Republica, ASP Trainee

ASP, in partnership with SM Commitee on Disability Affairs, is one with SM in envisioning a PWD- Friendly environment in the mall. ASP National and ASP Chapters collaborated for the "Autism Orientation” project which started in the year 2007, that aims to educate mall frontliners about Special Shoppers with Autism.

Through the years, ASP Chair Emeritus, Dang Koe, has been actively and tirelessly imparting knowledge and sharing awareness to every SM frontliners all over the Philippines. Through her mentorship, ASP Leaders are trained and the pool of speakers has increased.

The distance doesnt really matter in advocating for Persons with Autism. From National Capital Region comprise of Metro Manila like Parañaque and Pasay. Going to North area, Region 3 of Central Luzon specifically Pampanga and Bulacan. To South bound, Region 4 of Southern Tagalog mainly the Cavite and Cebu City of Region 7 Central Visayas.

Orientation in Caring: To Our Beloved Persons with autism

Just to review, from October 2 to November 18 of last year, a total of 2,464 mall guards, housekeepers, tenants, managers and other personnel attended SM Malls’ quarterly seminar on “Caring for Special Customers”.

This time, a total of 3,456 personnel were oriented, over less than a month from October 5 to October 29, 2010 by the following Autism Advocate Speakers:

ASP National President, Grace Adviento, VP, Peng So, Auditor and President ASP-Metro South Chapter Evert Malapad; ASP Cavite Chapters Governor, Jan Peña, ASP Cebu Chapter VP, Haidi Fajardo, ASP Marikina Chapter President, Alex Cabason, ASP Metro-South Chapter Secretary, Desy Dulay, and Melanie Hisole, and ASP Molino Chapter, Rony Bambilla.
Here are some of the SM Supermalls that ASP has visited and oriented for the month of October

In the following malls: SM Bacoor, SM Baliwag, SM City Bicutan, SM Cebu, SM Fairview, SM Las Piñas, SM Marikina, SM Marilao, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Novaliches, SM Pasig, SM Rosario, SM Southmall, SM City Sucat and The Podium/ SM Mega Mall.

Furthermore, if we add the orientation from September 19 and 27 at SM Dasmariñas and SM Mall of Asia, the total will come to 4, 241, to be exact! So in less than a month, ASP has doubled last years’ record!

Our sincerest thanks to SM Program on Disability Affairs, headed by Eng. Bien C. Mateo for long time partnership and unwavering support; PWD advocates: United Architects of the Philippines, Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, ADHD Society of the Philippines, and Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf.


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