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.

08 May 2012

The Daylight of Positive Change: A Message from the President

The following is the message of President Noynoy Aquino to ASP at the 12th National Conference on Autism.

My warmest greetings to the delegates to the 12th National and the 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Autism, organized by the Autism Society Philippines.

It is our administration’s promise that no one is left behind on the straight and righteous path. Thus, we in government are grateful to your association for your commitment to raise greater awareness on autism and their families, that they may fully integrate into society and lead productive and meaningful lives. These endeavors are noteworthy, and we look forward to your convention’s success.

Your government is one with you in this advocacy, and we are working towards setting up the necessary policy reforms and structural interventions to make our institutions responsive to the needs of the people with autism. Just recently, the Department of Education established a continuing education scholarship program for Special Education teachers handling children with autism spectrum disorder. This is just one of many projects that ensure that our agenda of fostering equitable progress includes our differently-abled citizens.

As you spread hope and daylight in your community, your government is also committed to laying the foundations for our country’s brighter future. We shall secure a truly equitable environment where each Filipino can thrive by honing their abilities and where actions have the appropriate rewards and consequences. Together, let us foster the daylight of optimism and positive change that is upon our country and build the better Philippines that we deserve.

Benigno S. Aquino III
President
Republic of the Philippines

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

CRAP! the government needs to make sure poor parents with special kids can send their kids to all therapies needed and SPED of course but it seems like only those who have money can afford this. sucks to be a filipino sometimes!

shirley said...

Dun po ba sa sinabi ni Pangulong Aquino eh may gagawin daw po ba syang programa para sa aming may anak na may special child? o nakikiisa lang po sya sa organisasyon ninyo? Sana wag na lang magsalita na nakikiisa sya.. Sana sabihin niya ng diretso na may gagawin syang programa at kung saan lalapit! (shirley sta. cruz)..

Autism Society Philippines said...

Hello,

Truth hurts and we understand your frustration. But HOPE is not lost. Special education is FREE in all public schools.Click link below to know more.
http://autismsocietyphilippines.blogspot.com/2010/05/pwds-right-to-education.html

You may want to know that affordable therapy services are available. Please email us at autismphils@gmail.com for more information.

We would also like to share the Udquin Family's experience on how they were able to give therapy services to their children, despite financial struggles. Click below to read more.

http://autismsocietyphilippines.blogspot.com/2012/02/living-with-autism-on-budget.html

Their video here, courtesy of UNTV

http://www.untvweb.com/en/videos/istorya.html#video=7436

May we take this opportunity to invite you to join the Family Support Group this coming May 26.You may want to air your concerns to our group and meet other parents of children with autism. Click below for details.

http://autismsocietyphilippines.blogspot.com/2012/05/may-26-family-support-group-meeting.html



Lastly, rest assured ASP continues to work hard for the future of more than a million families dealing with autism. Please get in touch with us at 926-6941 or 9298447. Hope to hear from you soon.


Sincerely,
ASP Team

Autism Society Philippines said...

Ms. Shirley,

Patungkol sa tanong ninyo ukol sa mga programa ng goberyno para sa mga tao o batang may autismo:
1. Pangkasalukuyan, ang ating Senate ay may pending na 8 bills pa-ukol sa autismo. Para sa karagdagang kaalaman,
pindutin ang link sa ibaba

http://autismsocietyphilippines.blogspot.com/2012/03/waad-bill.html

Meron din Special Education
Act na naka pending sa senado. Ayon sa Committee on Education, isasalang muli ito sa loob ng isang buwan.

2. Sumanguni sa inyong LGUs o local government units o DSWD sa inyong lugar.
http://www.dswd.gov.ph/

3. Maari rin kayong humingi ng kopya ng Magna Carta of Persons with Disabilities o bisitahin ang website ng National Council on Disability Affairs ukol sa mga nakalinyang programa ng goberyno para sa mga batang o taong may kapansanan.

http://www.ncda.gov.ph/

Magtanong ukol sa PWD ID, kung sakaling wala pang PWD ID ang inyong anak.

Maari po ba naming imbitahin kayo sa aming tanggapan sa quezon city sa darating na Mayo 26 para sa Family Support Group?Pindutin lamang ang link sa iabba para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

http://autismsocietyphilippines.blogspot.com/2012/05/may-26-family-support-group-meeting.html

Kung malayo naman po kayo sa Quezon City, makipag ugnayan sa aming mga chapters, listahan ay makikita sa link sa ibaba

http://autismsocietyphilippines.blogspot.com/2010/09/asp-chapters-around-country.html

Para sa karagdagang kaalaman, tumawag po lamang sa 9266941 or 9298447 o mag-email sa autismphils@gmail.com

Maraming salamat po

Anonymous said...

ideally, it should be free but you really need to look around and open your eyes. TRUTH HURTS or so they say, there are very few public schools here in our stinking country offering SPED classes. I am a solo parent, need i say more?

Autism Society Philippines said...

Hello Ms.Anonymous,

According to WHO, there is an estimated 1% of the world's population have autism. In the Philippines, an estimated one million Filipinos deal with autism daily. Many are struggling financially and also, emotionally.

ASP is here and is your partner in empowering persons with autism spectrum disorder to become to the best of their potentials,self-reliant, productive and socially accepted members of the community.

Again, may we invite you to join the FSG this Saturday? You can air your sentiments and suggestions on how the government can address issues of solo parents of children with autism. We also have many ASP members that are solo parents.

If there is any consolation, you might be interested to read this link below,

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/249432/news/nation/dswd-pushes-amendments-to-solo-parents-law

We encourage you to hook up with us for support. It would also help if you identified yourself, so that we can address your concerns
on a personal basis. You can email us at autismphils@gmail.com

Yes, truth hurts and reality bites. But LIFE and HOPE still prevails. God bless you and we hope to see you at our quezon city
office soon. Call us at 9298447 or 0266941 so we can reserve a seat for you.

Sincerely,
Ranil Sorongon, Executive Director

Anonymous said...

Hi Rani,

Thanks for the concern but am just sick and tired of talking about my daughter's autism in front of a crowd as i know for a fact that at the end of the day, it wont lighten the burden at all. I am sorry for coming to you this way but for once i just want to be hones with what i feel and this is what it feels to be half-dead.

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