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.

12 October 2011

ASP to hold 3rd Regional Conference on Autism

True to its commitment of empowering parents of persons with autism, professionals and students, the Autism Society Philippines will be holding its 3rd Regional Conference on Autism to be hosted by the ASP-Cagayan de Oro Chapter, headed by its President Angie R. Abellanosa on 28-29 October 2011 at the Maisie Van Vactor Auditorium of Pilgrim Christian College, Cagayan de Oro City. The conference’s theme will be “Making Sense of Autism: A Path to Hopes, Possibilities, and Solutions”.

A power house of speakers from Manila coming from the different disciplines including parents of persons with autism and a person with autism will be flying to Cagayan de Oro City to share their knowledge and experiences in tandem with the talents from Cagayan de Oro City.

Topics and Speakers

Day 1

Understanding Autism by Cindy Canceko-Llego, MD, DPPS, FPSDBP

Dr. Cindy Canceko-Llego is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. She graduated from the University of the Philippines-Manila as a Doctor of Medicine (INTARMED program) and underwent residency training in Pediatrics at the Philippine General Hospital, where she was the chief resident in 2005. She then proceeded with her subspecialty training in Developmental Pediatrics in the same institution.

Her other major interest is in the field of clinical research and evidence-based medicine, having undergone postgraduate training in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of the Philippines. She is currently completing her thesis requirements for a Master of Science degree. Her thesis is about community-based screening of psychosocial problems in children.

Dr. Cindy is currently holding clinic at Polymedic Medical Plaza in Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City. She is also the Training Officer of the Department of Pediatrics at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Xavier University-Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine.

Updates on Autism by Annah Rebecca P. Valmores- Doroja, MD,DPPS,FPSDBP

Dr. Doroja serves as an Associate Professor and Clinical Preceptor at the Department of Pediatrics, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan School of Medicine, Guest Lecturer at the College of Education, Department of Special Education, Xavier University and Northern Mindanao Polytechnic University, a Full-time Consultant at the Capitol University Medical City and a Visiting Consultant at the Polymedic General Hospital, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Maria Reyna Hospital, Madonna and Child Hospital, Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, Doctor Sabal Hospital.

Our Rights…Lets’ Claim It! by Atty. Jerefe T. Bacang

Atty. Bacang has led a fifteen-year career for the promotion and protection of human rights and a focal person for women and children’s rights. As an Attorney V at The Commission on Human Rights, Regional Office No. 10 Cagayan de Oro City, she serves as Chief of the Legal Section working closely with the Investigation Section in the case management of human rights violations in the region, and conducts legal aid and counselling. Initiate human rights advocacy. She also served as the Chief of the Education, Training and Information Section, where she formulated and implemented programs for human rights awareness and human rights education.

Sensing your Child’s Senses (Sensory Integration) by Lady Suarez, OTRP

Ms. Lady M. Suarez is a graduate of UP-College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) Manila, 2002. A Consultant of Therapy Works Inc., Skill Builders Therapy Center & St. Luke’s Medical Center - Neurodevelopmental Center (SLMC-NDC). She is also the OT Head of St. Luke’s Neurodevelopmental Center. A Board of Director, Occupational Therapy Association of the Philippines (OTAP) and a Special Lecturer of UP-CAMP.

SNN – Sex News Ngayon! (Puberty and Issues in Adolescence) by Stella G. Manalo, MD, FPPS, FPSDBP

Dr. Manalo is presently an Associate Clinical Professor of the Department of Pediatrics, UP College of Medicine- Philippine General Hospital from which she recently received the UP Centennial Clinical Faculty Grant for 12 years of exemplary service to the University. She holds 2 hats in the department being both the training officer for the section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the associate director of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Dept of Pediatrics UP-PGH. She has her private clinical practice at the Medical City where she is an active regular staff member and Director of the Center for Developmental Pediatrics.

Dr. Manalo is also affiliated with numerous professional societies: a Fellow of the Philippine Pediatric Society; Founding Fellow of the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is adviser to other professional societies and support groups which she helped set up like the ADHD Society of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Behavior Analysis.

Home Management Program by Rizalinda C. Cansanay, MA Ed. SPED

Ms. Riza Cansanay is the President of ASP Laguna Chapter and past Director of the Autism Resource Center of Los Baños. She was a former Principal and SPED Teacher at the Cahbriba Autism Center in Los Baños. Teacher Riza, as she is more fondly called, earned her Master’s Degree in Education with a major in Special Education from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her almost 20 years experience in special education and 26 years as a parent to Michael, an adult with autism, have equipped her with the expertise in the subject matter.

Day 2

Inclusion and Differentiated Instruction by Prof. Mercedes Adorio, Ph.D.

This seminar will discuss how schools can effectively adjust their curricular framework to accept students with disabilities, including children with autism. The seminar will also present ways of accessing the regular education curriculum and how students, with and without disabilities are evaluated. Participants will learn different approaches on how to make ALL students function in an inclusive classroom environment.

In Differentiated instruction (DI) lies at the heart of inclusive education. The two terms are not synonymous. A school cannot say that it is inclusive without applying the tenets of differentiated instruction. A school may likewise say it is using DI but its goal may not be truly inclusive in the manner we understand inclusion to be. But the philosophy of inclusion becomes real only when instruction is differentiated to address the diverse learning needs of students.

The topic includes a discussion on the nature and basic principles of DI. There will be a demonstration on how DI can be done within the classroom, with illustration on how content, process, and outcome of instruction are managed through the flexible use of time, materials, groupings, and instruction. DI is for all students, not just for students with special learning needs.

Dr. Mercedes Adorio obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Educational Sociology in UP and has served as College Secretary (1992-1995) and as Faculty-in-Charge of the Special Education area of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. She is often invited as resource person in national and regional school divisions and has presented papers in international conferences. She is the author of Special Education in the Philippines: Trends and Issues. Dr. Adorio was a former professor of Special Education of UP, Diliman. She is currently teaching SPED at the Philippine Women’s University.

To Talk or Not to Talk? (Speech Language and Communication) by Kathy B. Reyes, PASP

Ms. Kathy B. Reyes CSP-PASP is the co-owner of Independently, a family centered clinic in San Pascual, Batangas. She is also a consultant in various provinces in the country. She currently engages in research and continuing education of speech therapists in management of children with various speech and language related disorder. For the past 10 years, Kate has been a clinician, researcher, teacher, and consultant. Her main goal in practice is to help fight for the rights of children with disability and mainstream them in the society.

Wanted: Jobs for PWAs by Ms. Maria Yolanda Michelle A. Bautista, MA Ed. SPED

Ms. Maria Yolanda Michelle A. Bautista or Teacher Landa is a BA Social Science (Major in Behavioral Studies) graduate of UP Manila. She finished her master’s degree in Special Education at UP Diliman, Quezon City. Shortly after, she finished a Social Entrepreneurship Training Program for Professionals at Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government. Ms. Bautista is the Curriculum Director of The Learning Center, Inc. (TLC). She administers the schools internal and external affairs and develops the school's special education curriculum. She likewise develops TLC’s vocational skills training curriculum, which focuses on work transition training programs in sheltered social enterprise and community-based settings. Her thesis, “Factors Related to Work Transition for Persons with Special Needs” has been published in the Research Journal in Special Education & Independent Living. Recently, she completed the Support System for Persons with Disabilities Course under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Training Program for Young Leaders 2011 in Fukui, Japan. She is a staunch advocate of individuals with special needs.

SOCI Ba? (Developing Social Skills) by Giselle B. Principe, MA Psychology

The seminar is divided into two parts. The first part aims to help parents, teachers and therapists understand the development of friendship among individuals with High Functioning Autism. Discussion about the problem of bullying will also be tackled. Part two aims to provide the participants a model by which they can create social skills group in the school and their private practice.

Ms. Gieselle Bayhon-Principe is a founder of Outdoor Playgroup Phil. Inc. that specializes in play therapy and social skills training for children with Asperger’s Syndrome. She is also the School Administrator of Mind Matters Christian Academy. A graduate of Bachelor in Elementary Education Majoring in Special Education from University of the Philippines. She also obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology and is currently taking her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the same university.

Siblings’ Side of the Story by Rosalyn Marie G. Sorongon MA Ed. SPED

Parents often receive an outpouring of different forms of support upon the diagnosis of their child in order to help them accept, understand and deal with autism in their lives. Therefore, they also become, aside from their child with autism, the focal point of programs and services to address the varying needs brought about by autism. Unfortunately, there are other family members whose seem to be often left out. These are the other children or the siblings of the persons with autism (PWA). Much has been studied, read, seen and heard about the plight of the parent of PWA but little yet has been learned, discussed and dealt with the siblings. Unraveling the situation of the siblings of PWA conveys a message that they are seen as equally important as that of their parent in the world of autism. Knowing their issues and/or concern, needs and desires, and their aspirations in life in relation to their brother or sister with autism encourages widening of perspective in viewing and understanding the unique circumstances they are in. This knowledge can pave the way for creating a gamut of support services in addressing the needs of the siblings. As a result, this will invite, encourage and inspire them to heed the call of the Autism challenge within and hopefully, beyond their families.

Ms. Rosalyn Marie Gison Sorongon earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Equipped with more than a decade of teaching persons with autism (PWAs) and helping their families cope with this condition, she conducts orientations and trainings to parents and professionals on autism. A former School Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Las Piñas City, Teacher My finds fulfillment in her new role as a regular facilitator of workshops for siblings of PWAs as a result of her post graduate research on this sector.

My Journey with Autism by JR Tan, Young Adult with Autism

JR Tan is 20 years old and currently a senior taking up BS Accountancy with minor in Biblical Studies at Messiah College Foundation. He dreams of becoming a Certified Public Accountant in the future. JR is passionate about autism rights. He participated with hundreds of children advocates in the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (2008), joined PWD leaders in the UNCRPD Conference (2010), and rallied for the implementation of the 20% discounts on medicine (2010). JR is one of the first self-advocate members of Autism Society Philippines. He regularly contributes articles to ASP’s award-winning blog and Angels Talk Column in Manila Bulletin. He also volunteers in ASP activities and co-facilitates in the Family Support Group. JR aspires for readily available, accessible and affordable special education; therapy and rehabilitation services for all people with autism in the country.

Living with Autism: Learn, Love and Laugh! by Erlinda “Dang” Koe, ASP Chair Emeritus


It takes a KOEmmunity to raise a child with autism.

It takes wisdom out of experience to learn from living with a child with autism.

It takes love to embrace children with autism.

It takes laughter to enjoy the ride and come out of it sane!!

And it takes faith in Him to find your purpose.

Here’s a family’s journey of KOEping with autism. Learn, love and laugh with Mama Dang!

Fondly known as Mama Dang, she has been an indefatigable autism advocate. She served as ASP National President for an unprecedented 3 consecutive terms and continues the advocacy as the first appointed Chair Emeritus of the society. Her more than a decade of service to ASP is decorated with numerous accomplishments, including being accorded in 2009 The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Award for Humanitarian Service for her competence, commitment and compassion in leading Autism Society Philippines to share hopes & build dreams with almost a million Filipino families dealing with autism. She juggles her time between her family, corporate engagements, and ASP – including provincial trips as a much sought-after seminar and conference speaker on autism; and writing Angels Talk in Manila Bulletin. In spite of which, she can still keep it together with humor, fair judgment and that rare mix of leadership qualities needed to hold a non-profit organization. Her eldest son, Gio, is now 17 years old, and she extends her advocacy throughout her entire family as they actively participate in ASP activities.

Registration Information

Registration fee is inclusive of certificate, handouts, lunch AM & PM snacks for 2 days

Conference Fee

On Site Register

ASP Member P1,600

Non Member P2,000

Student P1,200

Participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines Cagayan de Oro Chapter, Export and Industry Bank acct # 001-402-00618-4. Please fax the deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s to ASP-CdO office Telefax # 088-857-1371 and bring it on the day of the conference. No refund will be given to participants who will not show up on the date of the conference. For more details, please call or text Angie Abellanosa at 0906-126-0630 or 0932-157-5966.

We hope this conference will be an intellectually exciting and enriching experience, as well as an inspiring social event.


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