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.

03 November 2010

Communication Shutdown donations will be open until November 8

November 1 was Communication Shutdown day but people can still donate and get the CHAPP anytime on Monday to wear their badge as a sign of solidarity for people with autism. Donations have to left open for a further week in case people observed the shutdown but just hadn’t had a chance to donate yet. Or if they simply saw the campaign a little late and still wanted to help by making a donation.


The Communication Shutdown team from Australia are still running final calculations, but currently these messages are being exposed to over a million people globally, The team is attempting to calculate how many people see them after they are shared. “In a few days, we will know the volume of impact we made over the social networks,” says Cristina Estampador, Communication Shutdown Project Manager for Autism Society Philippines. “Personally, I thought it was really cool to see my photo on the web mosaic alongside Fran Descher. Shallow as that may sound to some, I’m amazed at how technology could take all this volume and make it real for an ordinary person.”

The global project was lucky and its team is very thankful to have the support of high-profile social media users who have helped spread the word to many millions and will also spread the word on the eve of November 1. Big names like Buzz Aldrin, Steven Seagal, Fran Drescher, Miranda Kerr and even Deepak Chopra supported the project. From the Filipino Community, here and abroad, supporters mostly came from the political, media and from the arts communities. Journalists such as Ruben and Janet Nepales and Argee Guevarra gamely supported the cause. Artists such as indie film director, Mike Sandejas, write Mike Portes, and Fil-Canadian professional Irish dancer and show producer, Joel Hanna didn’t hesitate to make a stand for autism The politicial circles included Mindoro board member, Shirley Abundo and a former first couple of Aklan, Jun Monfort and Mabeth Garcia. Celebrity doctor, Dr. Philip Cruz, also gamely joined in the cause.


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