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

Making the Rights Real: A Message from the NCDA

The following is the message of Usec. Alicia Bala to ASP at the 12th National Conference on Autism.

When a family member is diagnosed with autism, it does not only affect the person but affects the whole family. It is therefore a challenge for each member of the family, as the basic institution of our society, to take on their crucial roles as the lead in autism management. Thus we congratulate the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) in organizing its 12th National Conference and 2nd Southeast Asian Conference on Autism, in highlighting the vital role of the family in this year’s theme, “Living with Autism: Hope@Home”.

We fervently hope that this conference will pave the way to promote acceptance of autism within the family, as well as empower these families to make informed decisions and actively take steps to ensure quality life for their member with autism.

We join you in your efforts to engage more advocates within family members with autism and cultivate more partnerships with professionals, organizations and the civil society as a whole to support programs and services in the management of autism and their acceptance as productive members of the community.

Let us all unite in making the rights real for individuals with autism.

Alicia R. Bala
DSWD Undersecretary
OIC, Executive Director
National Council on Disability Affairs

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