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 July 2012

ASP Wins 2011 Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) Contest


It came as a surprise. Autism Society Philippines’ proposal was chosen as one of the winners of the 2011 Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) search for an innovative human rights project organized by the Ateneo School of Government, the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the Caucus for Development NGO Networks (CODE). The winning proposal, which will be funded by the Australian Aid (AusAID), is “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using the Digital Talking Books”.

This novel project aims to educate 500 children with disabilities (children with autism, children with Down Syndrome, children with visual impairment, children with intellectual disability and children with cerebral palsy of their rights using non traditional way, the digital talking books. The use of this medium is being promoted by the Philippine DAISY Network wherein ASP is a member. The network is recognized by the International Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) Consortium headed by Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura.

This one year project that started last May 1 includes ASP chapters, other parent support groups, private and public special education centers and non government organizations working for children with disabilities in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces as partners in the implementation of the project. It will employ Mr. Gabby Atienza, a person with Asperger Syndrome as the cartoonist to come up with cartoons that will depict the rights of the child that will be included in the social stories to be converted into digital format.

For the past weekends, ASP through Executive Director Ranil Sorongon has been giving project orientations to prospective partners in Quezon City for the north sector, Los Baños for South Luzon and Las Piñas for Metro South. There were 57 participants who joined the orientations, they all gave positive feedbacks about the project and even volunteered to help in any way to help in the success of the noble undertaking.

ASP National Office would like to thank New Hope SpEd Center, Quezon City, Autism Resource Center (ARC) in Los Baños, Laguna and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Las Piñas for hosting the orientation for free.

Other SPED Centers who would like to become partners are still welcome. Kindly contact the ASP National Office at (02) 926.6941 or (02) 929.8447 or email at autismphils@gmail.com for details.

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