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.

10 May 2012

A Congratulations from the Commission on Higher Education

The following is the message of Chairperson Patricia Licuanan to ASP at the 12th National Conference on Autism.

My warm congratulations to the men and women behind the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) for organizing the 12th National Conference and 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Autism.

Currently, an estimated one million Filipinos are affected with autism in the Philippines. The numbers are staggering and yet there is little awareness of its nature and possible ways to treat this debilitating problem in the country. Families with autistic members suffer from social stigma due to lack of proper education.

This year’s conference aims to dispel numerous myths about autism and thus promote acceptance within the family. It also seeks to empower families to make informed decisions to ensure a quality life for their members suffering from autism. Moreover, it strives to provide a fresh perspective to professionals as collaborative partners of families in the management of autism.

The goals of the Autism Society Philippines are most commendable, for the activities in the conference are meant not merely to enlighten but to actually spell out specific programs and initiatives that have met with relative success in both urban and rural settings in the country.

The Commission on Higher Education will continue to support such important activities that help the community understand a serious problem that affects one million Filipinos that society has often marginalized. Their integration into society and the assurance that they will continue to receive the attention and treatment they deserve from their families and their collaborative partners are of paramount concern to the Autism Society Philippines.

Mabuhay!

Patricia B. Licuanan, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Commission on Higher Education

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