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.

18 April 2012

ASEAN Autism Network Support ASP’s 2nd SEA Autism Confab

By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary

Members of the ASEAN Autism Network support the upcoming 2nd Southeast Asian and 12th National Conference on Autism on April 28 and 29, 2012 Saturday and Sunday witht heme “Living with Autism: Hope@Home” at Crown Plaza Manila Galleria, OrtigasAve. corner ADB Avenue, Quezon City.

ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) serves as a platform for autism-related family support groups of each Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member country to collaborate, cooperate, coordinate and unite in developing strategies and intervention programs that will be non-discriminatory in support of families, including those economically challenged. More importantly, the extended family structure on which the ASEAN community is based will remain the core of any developmental program and strategies.

Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, known as the father of ASEAN Autism Network, is set to give the Message of Solidarity during the said confab. Mr. Ninomiya will be joined by Mr.S omchai Rungsilp, AAN Secretariat and APCD International Training Manager.

APCD Executive Director, Akiie Ninomiya (middle)
with ASP ED Ranil Sorongon and Board Secretary Tiffany Tan

Mr.Ninomiya is the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) in Thailand. Prior to this, Mr. Ninomiya has served as the Chief Advisor of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the APCD.

From 1995-2000, he was Professor at The School of Policy Studies in Kansai Gakuin University, Japan where he focused on international social work on disability. He served as the Director General ofthe Holistic Social Service Research Center in Kobe Japan with a mandate of facilitating community-based inclusive development for fifteen years.

He has also served as an overseas expert on disability and development for the United Church of Canada and Hospital Coordinator at the Vietnam Christian Service in Vietnam. He earned his MTh and MD from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario,Canada; his MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University; and his LLB from The School of Law at Meiji University.

Other delegates expected in the conference are Ms. Napa Setthakorn, Secretary-General National Office of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (NEP), Thailand;

ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) recognize its importance in enhancing the solidarity and unity among persons with autism and their family members, to lead the autism movement at the grassroots, national, regional and international levels.

Autism Society Philippines believes that through this conference, ASEAN Autism Network delegates will also take home new knowledge to help empower other AAN families in making informed decisions to take bolder steps to ensure quality life for people with autism.

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A special registration rate is available for a group of five (5) participants plus 1 FREE seat. Registrants may pay by depositing the payment to Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank-Kamias Branch, Savings Account No. 047-3-04751874-2. Kindly fax to (632) 926 6941 or email to the address below the deposit slip with the name/s of the participant/s. Click here for online registration,

For more information of the conference, you may call us at telephone numbers (02) 926-6941 or (02) 929-8447, and mobile numbers (0917) 556-2075 or (0923) 638-3771 or email aspnc2012@gmail.com.

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