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.

15 January 2011

ASP visits World-Class Shine Intervention Center

By Abegail Mendoza, ASP Program Assistant

Shine Intervention Center, also known as Shine Special Education Center, Inc. has expanded their facilities in order to improve their programs and services. ASP representatives were invited to the inauguration of their new home for their special students. Shine Special Education Center is an ASP Institutional Member.
Ms. Koe as she give an inspirational message to guests and benefactors

ASP Chair Emeritus, Dang Koe, was invited by Shine to give an inspirational message to guests and benefactors. She was honored to join the ribbon cutting last November 11, 2010. Witnessing the special event with Mrs. Koe were ASP National President, Grace Adviento and ASP Executive Director, Ranilo Sorongon, ASP Trustees Evelyn Go (Treasurer) and Tiffany Tan (Secretary).

Ms. Bunny Gonzales Joaquin, School Directress, briefed the guests on the different programs of Shine while conducting a comprehensive tour of the new Shine building. Joined Dang and Grace.
From Left, Mr. Mike and Mrs. Lirio Covey, ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe, Shine School Directress Bunny Gonzales Joaquin, ASP Treasurer Evelyn Go and ASP Secretary Tiffany Tan

Also present were Mr. Mike and Mrs. Lirio Covey, parents of an adult with autism, who flew in from the US to scout for Adult Residential Program for their son. “We visited since sabi ko ang ganda, but also, especially with the Coveys, to see the facilities for adults - the hotel and the businesses like resto, laundry, and office,” said by Ms. Koe.

Shine’s new building is located at Barrio Capitolyo, Pasig City. The building is also equipped with a clinic, complete with a small hospital bed and medicine cabinet; with plans for a permanent nurse. Adjacent is the Office Media Works, which will be used for internship and employment opportunities for persons with autism. At the ground floor reception area, there is even a small prayer nook.
Therapy Room Exterior

There is also the Shine Resto-Café, which will cater to the meals of the students as well as patrons. The resto is equipped with a complete working kitchen, which will be used to train potential interns in practical culinary arts.

Other rooms in the upper floors include a Library, Conference Room and a special room for parents called “Parent Support Room”. Therapy rooms for Movement, Sensory Integration, Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapies will cater to young adults.
Simulation Room

For the young adolescents, the vocational training classrooms, such as the stock room, pantry, a purchase-training hall, computer room – all serve to help students learn work skills. There is also a Simulation Room, which is equipped with a kitchenette, living/dining area, sleeping area, a toilet and bath complete with washer/dryer, which will equip tenant/students with independent living skills.

For parents who wish to stay near their children, Private Condo-Hotel Units are available. The units are equipped with web-based 24-hour private security cameras.

One of Shine’s model students is PWA Vico Cham, the first PWA to have a one-man exhibit at SM City Marikina, featuring 50 of his artworks. Vico is the son of Architect Cathy Candelaria Cham and Architect Victor Cham . His artworks have been featured in ASP Painting Exhibits and TV Shows. Click here to know more about Vico.

Shine Special Education Center is dedicated to advocating the rights and needs of special children.


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