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.

23 June 2012

ASP joins round table on disability-inclusive finance





ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon participated in the round table on Disability-Inclusive Finance, jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and The Nippon Foundation (TNF) last 19 June 2012 at the APCD Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

Selected representatives from persons with disabilities organizations, microfinance institutions, banks and parent support organization coming from the Asia-Pacific participated in the series of discussions on Inclusive Business.

Inclusive Business: Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an emerging perspective of looking at Persons with Disabilities (PWD) as potential entrepreneurs, employees and customers of business entities. It also promotes the principles and the rights of PWD enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The talk on Inclusive Finance provided a platform for the representatives of the banking sector, microfinance groups and PWD to engage in a dialogue to understand each others’ practices and perspectives and look at possible means to forge a win-win relationship in the near future. The exchange also provides a new perspective that PWD can engage in business on an equal footing with people without disabilities, if given opportunities and support.

ASP thanks Mr. Ninomiya, the Executive Director of APCD for inviting ASP to represent the Filipino autism community in regional discussions such as this. As part of ASP’s continued trail-blazing advocacy, Director Sorongon will contact microfinance institutions and banks to pursue opportunities for inclusive financing for entrepreneurs with autism.

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