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.

17 April 2012

Living with Autism: It Takes a Community

“It takes a village to raise a child,” says an African proverb. ASP takes this saying to the community – literally. Last year’s turn-out on the 2nd Asia Pacific Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress has proven that establishing programs for social integration, rehabilitation and equal opportunities are vital for the success in supporting persons with disabilities.

The 12th National Conference and 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Autism entitled “Living with Autism: Hope at Home” 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 members with autism.

One of the best practices in the Municipality of Carmona for children with autism will be discussed in the Panel: It Takes a Community, along with valuable information from the former head of Christian Blind Mission CBR Coordinating Office in establishing CBR projects around the country.

It Takes a Community:  Barney McGlade

Barney McGlade, originally from Northern Ireland, is a resident of the Philippines since 1988. He is a child and community psychologist, engaged as an advocate for community-based rehabilitation for 23 years. He is currently the Head of the Regional Office for South East Asia and Pacific Region for the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. CBM works with partner organisations to support persons with disabilities in the developing world to access affordable and comprehensive health care and rehabilitation programmes, quality education programs and livelihood opportunities. CBM's vision is of an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

Local Government’s Response to Autism:  Dahlia A. Loyola, MD

Dr. Dahlia A. Loyola has been the mayor of Carmona, Cavite since 2004. She has garnered awards for herself and the municipality through her many years of public service -- 2011 Most Business-Friendly LGU Municipal Category, the "Gawad Pamana ng Lahi" (Regional Award given by DILG), the Hall of Fame Award for Excellence in External Quality (Department of Health), 4th Place for the Performance and Delivery of Civil Registration Services, and the Liberal Project Award for programs and services to empower PWDs of Carmona, Cavite.

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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 to register online.

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

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