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.

22 February 2012

Taguig City joins Family Support Group Meeting

By Cricel B. Elises, ASP Administrative Assistant.

ASP Board of Trustee Ms. Carmel Almendrala, welcomed eleven mothers, one father, one niece of a PWA, and three professionals at the ASP office for the January 20 Family Support Group meeting.

ASP Trustee and facilitator, Ms Carmel Almendrala (in green) with the participants.

“An invasion of the FSG by Taguig” ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon jokingly told the group headed by Mr. Hilario Supaz of the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO).  It was the first time of the group to attend and be part of the ASP’s Family Support Group meeting. The attendees were pleased that there was a support group that helps and gives advice on how to handle their children with autism.

Ms. Almendrala shared her journey in helping her son Mike, from the early years to now, when he is working at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as a permanent employee.  Many parents were enlightened with her journey. It gave them hope, despite the challenges there are now facing.

Below are some reactions of participants after the session:
“Mas natutunan ko po na mas maging matatag at mas lakasan pa ang loob para sa aking anak.”
“There are many ways to improve my child’s development. Sharing with other parents experiences can help a lot in improving my child. The meeting was very informative.”
“From today’s meeting I learned more about how to handle our child with autism, listening from other parents experienced and opinions. I realized that we have to teach our child very well so that they can learn more.”
The FSG opened doors for the PDAO office of Taguig to initiate the organization of a chapter of ASP in their city to provide support for the parents and advocate for the rights and welfare of persons with autism.

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