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.

31 July 2012

ASP represents AAN in Bangkok



The Autism Society Philippines (ASP), Autism Thailand and SMATER Brunei represented the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) in the recently concluded Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Workshop in Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand last July 12 and 13, 2012.

ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon was among NGO leaders represented in the assembly of regional organizations actively promoting the welfare of the Person with Disabilities. Mr. Sorongon discussed the background, objectives and accomplishments of AAN as well as commended the hosts for their support.

Mr. Malai of SMARTER Brunei discussed the challenges and future plans of AAN, focusing on the 2nd AAN General Assembly and Autism Congress scheduled on April 26-28, 2013 in Brunei. The event is organized with the support of APCD, Khum Poon Foundation and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand.

The Bangkok workshop brought together participants coming from the networks organized by APCD such as the Asia-Pacific Federation of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened, the AP CBR Network, the South Asian Disability Forum, the Central Asian Disability Forum, the Thailand Council for Independent Living, the Persons with Intellectual Disability of Mekong Region and the AAN.

The workshop was an opportune time to launch the APCD E Café, a digital platform to promote and advocate for the welfare of PWDs in the AP Region. The attendees were able to renew and expand their regional networks towards making rights real of the Person with Disabilties in Asia and the Pacific.

The well-represented workshop is a demonstration of the continued, productive partnership between APCD and JICA; as well as their leading role in making services available to PWDs up to the marginalized communities in the Asia Pacific region.

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