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 July 2011

Hopes and Dreams for the Future

By Cricel B. Elises, ASP Administrative Staff


ASP National President, Grace Adviento, welcomed twelve (12) mothers, four (4) fathers at the ASP Office for the July 23 Family Support Group. One mother came all the way from Isabela Province (part of the Cagayan Valley Region). Three of ASP’s staff Abby Mendoza, Melanie Casalme and Cricel Elises also joined in support.


FSG participants with Ms. Grace Adviento (inset)


Before the start of the session, a minute of silence and prayer was offered for the grieving family of Alexander “Xandi” Bermudo, who passed away last July 20. Xandi is the son of ASP Trustee Gina Bermudo and husband Lito.


After the prayer, Ms. Adviento became a bit emotional while sharing some of her own experiences on raising Adrian; now 10 years old.


“We have realized that this is not only a journey for our child, but also for the whole family as well. We learned that there is hope for our child and there are lots of ways and means to make him a better individual,” said one of the parents whose child was just diagnosed with autism recently.


Other issues like “financial stability” of parents with CWA’s, made a stimulating discussion on the conference table. The sharing became more and more fruitful as different ideas, perspectives, techniques and notable experiences were discussed.


After the meeting, parents realized that they are not alone in this journey and battle of advocating their children’s right. They also felt relieved that after pressing concerns about their CWA were answered. They also reported on learning so many things from other parents’ experiences.


“We as parents’ of children with autism share the same experiences and by this discussion, we are able to learn from each other. And by so doing we gain valuable insights as well as knowledge to help each other in our journey with our children.”


Be an Angel for Autism. Donate generously to ASP Programs and Services. Donate to Autism Society Philippines Metrobank Kamias Branch 047-3-04751874-2. Email us at autismphils@gmail.com or call 9266941 / 9298447.

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