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.

24 April 2012

Hope Is At Home

By Dang U. Koe, ASP Chair Emeritus

A diagnosis of autism does not only affect the person, it affects the entire family, the parents as well as the siblings. The diagnosis of autism poses insurmountable challenges that can make or break this basic social institution, the family.

Feelings of shock, anger, helplessness and incompetence dominate the family; thus they tend to rely heavily on professionals to address the needs of their family member with autism. Families lose confidence to take on their crucial role as the lead in autism management, and instead take on passive roles through years of various interventions and huge expenditures.

Autism Society Philippines (ASP) will hold its 12th National Conference on Autism and 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Autism on April 28 and 29, with theme “Living with Autism” Hope@Home” at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Ave. corner ADB Avenue, Quezon City.

This year’s conference aims to promote, first and foremost, acceptance of autism within the family. It seeks to empower families to make informed decisions and to take bolder steps to ensure quality life for their member with autism.

It will also provide a fresh perspective to professionals as collaborative and supportive partners of families in the management of autism.

Dr. Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore

It will feature interactive web interviews with Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Stephen Shore, two of the world’s most famous experts on autism.

Dr. Alexis Reyes, Dr. Michael Tan, Dr. Honey Carandang and Dr. Josefina Lapeña

It will also feature Filipino experts — developmental pediatrician Dr. Alexis L. Reyes, Dr. Michael Tan, and Dr. Honey Carandang and Dr. Josefina Isidro-Lapeña (Family Physician) and will showcase local experiences of parents, siblings and persons with autism as self advocates.

Ms. Dahila Loyola and Mr. Barney McGlade

It will also feature initiatives of the government (Carmona, Cavite) and the private sector in “Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)”, both in the rural and urban settings, to provide programs and services for families and communities facing the challenges of autism.

For registration and other details, email

Re-published with permission from Manila Bulletin


Marianne Tuazon said...

Good morning. I attended the last Autism Conference (Living with Autism, Hope@Home). We were told to download the conference handouts/ slides of speakers from your website. May I know where to find the link? Thank you and God Bless.

- Ms. Mye Tuazon, SPED Teacher

Autism Society Philippines said...

Hi, as of now, our program team are now collating all the handouts of the speakers during the National Conference. We will email it to you once it is ready. Kindly email us at with your complete name, OR Number and Registration Number.

Thank you

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