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.

07 April 2011

ASP Laguna Chapter’s ACTs for AUTISM

By: Ian and Kitt Lopez, Persons with Autism

The 4th World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2011, is the first to be commemorated by the ASEAN Autism Network, which was formed in December 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The 1st ASEAN Autism Network Celebration, “ACT for AUTISM NOW” is this year’s theme. ASP is a member of this network.


After the Walk for Autism activities, the ASP Laguna Chapter contingent composed of Autism Resource Center trainees, companions and ARC staff, went to SM City Calamba, where they were joined by the contingent coming from Hope Intervention Center, which is based in Barangay Halang.



ASP Laguna at SM City Calamba


The group was treated to a mall tour and a cinema experience. We watched several trailers of recently released and upcoming motion pictures, including “Rio” and “Gulliver’s Travels” by wearing 3-D sunglasses inside the SM Cinema situated at the third floor. The CWAs were also assisted by the courteous employees of SM City Calamba.


We proceeded to the ground floor for the Talents with Autism Program, courtesy of the selected students from Hope Intervention Center and Autism Resource Center. Song and dance numbers of such popular hits as “Shembot” and “Waka-Waka” were rendered by Gino and Company onstage.


Assistant Mall Manager, Cielo Flores of SM Calamba distributed to the CWAs donated loot bags that contained sweets and candies; and distributed packs of spaghetti, mini cakes and drinks, courtesy of various SM City Calamba mall tenants. According to Carl Ancheta, Building Administration Manager, SM Calamba will continue to support the upcoming activities for persons with autism.


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Authors Ian and Kitt Lopez are persons with autism. Both are self-advocates and regularly submit reports/articles on autism in their community and abroad. Related Article: ASP Laguna Chapter Walks for Autism on 4th WAAD.


For more information about ASP Laguna Chapter’s 2011 Hands-On-Training Program on Teaching Children with Autism, contact Ms. Riza Cansanay, President-ASP Laguna Chapter at (049) 536 0655.


ASP continues to believe that persons with autism can be empowered and is working towards a rights-based, barrier-free and inclusive environment for persons with autism. Help us to continue Sharing Hopes and Building Dreams. Donate generously to ASP Programs and Services. Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank Kamias Branch Savings Account No: 047-3-04751874-2

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