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.

09 May 2012

In Perfect Alignment: A Message from DSWD

The following is the message of Secretary Dinky Soliman to ASP at the 12th National Autism Conference.

My warmest greetings to the officers and members of the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) as you celebrate your 23rd founding anniversary.

Indeed, your organization has gone a long way in helping improve the lives of persons with autism and create a more humane environment for them to become productive and mainstreamed members of society.

Your goal is perfectly aligned with the DSWD’s mission of empowering the vulnerable sectors of society, including persons with disabilities.

Since there is no cure yet for autism which is bio-neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate effectively and interact socially, the support of family-members and society is important. Early detection, intervention, treatment need to be in place to ensure all persons with autism live up to their full potential.

I commend your organization in hosting the 12th National and 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Autism with the theme “LIVING WITH AUTISM”: Hope@Home”, on April 28-29, 2012 coinciding with your 23rd year anniversary. I am happy to note that the conference aims to promote acceptance of autism within the family, empower family members to make informed decisions and take bolder steps to ensure quality life for their members with autism.

It is my hope that the learning and inputs shared during this two-day conference will be further equips all stakeholders with additional knowledge and skills.

I also trust that this activity will raise awareness and strengthen advocacies for the life-long services needed by the families living with persons with autism.

Again congratulations!

Corazon "Dinky" Soliman
DSWD Secretary

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