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.

08 January 2011

15th National AUTISM Consciousness Week Celebration

January 16 to 23, 2011

Theme: “AUTISMO PAGHANDAAN: Maagap na Deteksyon at Interbensyon Isakatuparan”

Autism is now considered the fastest rising developmental disability in the world, autism prevalence in children rose from 1:150 to 1:110. (Released by Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network in 2009). More will be diagnosed with autism than diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined in the coming years. Recognizing the gravity and urgency of this situation, United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in 2008.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how an individual interprets what he sees, hears, and touches, thereby impairing his understanding and use of language and his adaptation to his environment. Autism is not curable but is treatable. When a child is diagnosed and receives intervention early in life; given the appropriate education and therapy; they can become self-reliant and productive members of society.

In the Philippines, almost 1 million Filipino families are estimated to be affected with autism. Autism Society Philippines (ASP) has been in the forefront of providing services to families affected with autism. ASP has grown from the 11 mothers who bonded together for the causes of their children in 1989, to more than 7,000 members, with 47 chapters all over the country.

Mandated in 1996 by former President Fidel V. Ramos, Presidential Proclamation No. 711 or Autism Consciousness Week aims to promote awareness on autism and the provision of appropriate social services to persons with autism. Every third week of January, ASP spearheads the celebration.
The last year 14th National Autism Consciousness Week Celebration

The theme for this year, “AUTISMO PAGHANDAAN: Maagap na Deteksyon at Interbensyon Isakatuparan” reflects ASP’s 22 years of commitment to continue expanding programs and services especially the early detection and intervention of children with autism. With the rising incidence of autism, the Philippine society must be prepared and equipped with proper knowledge and skills in dealing with this situation.

The event is in partnership with SM Programs on Disability Affairs, SM Supermalls, SM Prime, National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), House of Representatives Committee on Social Services, Buhay Party List, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Katipunan ng May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas (KAMPI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Education (DepEd), Bagumbayani, Archdiocese of Manila Persons with Disabilities Ministry (AMO-PDM) and Liliane Foundation.

Be an Angel for Autism. Support the 15th National Autism Consciousness Week. Be our partner in early detection of and early intervention for children with autism. It makes a lot of difference in their development!

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