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 November 2010

Birthday Wish Fulfilled!

By: Olive Del Rosario-Medina

Every year on my birthday, I do a little something special, as I will never be able to thank God enough for showering me with so many blessings. I do not even possess anything, for everything is HIS. All I can humbly offer is my entire life and being, hoping that with every breath I make, He may always be glorified.


It would be easy for me to just concentrate on Enzo and his daunting needs. If anyone cannot see Enzo or any individuals with disabilities as perfectly okay, then he/she is looking with an eye of prejudice. In the depths of my being, I know God has greater plans for me. So in the journey, I use my pains of having a child with autism to bless and reach out to other families instead, turning my pain into joy.


momie Olive with son Enzo


I decided to spend my day with some young adults with autism and their wonderful mothers in Autism Resource Center (ARC), Laguna. The Center aims to create an enabling community for young adults with autism, where they can "Live, Work and Play" in an accepting environment.


members of ASP Laguna at ARC


In lieu of personal gifts for my birthday, I asked my friends to give gifts to my various causes. As my way of thanksgiving to my donors, I invited them for lunch at the ARC Diner. The PWAs, together with their job coaches showed their catering skills. The guests were truly amazed and they were also able to shop Christmas items also made by the PWAs.



God has given me wonderful people to help in HIS work. Many donors were not able to come due to other commitments, but they are with us in spirit. To all my certified angel friends and to ASP Laguna Chapter, Maraming, Maraming Salamat for making my birthday wish come true!


Postscript:

I can't begin to tell you how happy I was last Sunday. If I can just have half of your dedication as a mom, then I can die happy. You are all an inspiration to me. I really hope I can become an active member of ASP Laguna Chapter. This term, I have a Saturday teaching load. But come January, I requested not to have a Saturday teaching load, so I can join your monthly Saturday meetings. In the long term, with God's grace, I hope we can have a Sta. Rosa or Cabuyao Chapter. Thank you so much for making my birthday truly memorable.

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