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.

14 July 2012

The Birth of ASP Catanduanes Chapter

By Fatima Dalisay Kozma, ASP-CC Vice President.



The Autism Society Philippine Catanduanes Chapter (ASP-CC) was worth the wait. Despite the temptation to give up, the desire to pursue the advocacy remained. With the help of prayer and friends, our dream of organizing an ASP Chapter become a reality.

Every time I look into the eyes of AA, my 17-year old son with autism, I am reminded of how important this advocacy is. Being a parent of a child with autism is like walking in the dark. ASP-CC represents “a glimpse of hope” for all of us.

Marjorie “Hanny” Cantollas, the newly elected President of ASP-CC, recapped the amazing week which culminated our work towards creating a chapter of the biggest parent-led autism welfare organization in the country.

"The ASP Orientation and Seminar happened from July 5 to July 6. The members and participants were in awe as they witnessed ASP Trustee Gina Luna Bermudo’s very informative seminar on Autism Awareness. After the seminar, parents of CWA and their children attended a heartwarming family support group. Emotions poured and about twenty participants asked questions most relevant to their family. Meanwhile, ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon shared important information regarding the rights and benefits of Persons with Disability (PWDs), as mandated by RA 9442.

"To complete the birth of the chapter, the newly elected officers were sworn into office by the Vice Mayor of Catanduanes, Hon. Roy Laynes.

"Our Motorcade, along the main roads and Barangay side roads of Virac, were lead by the island’s Philippine National Police, followed by motorbikes and paced by the inspiring beat of the music of the Icasa band. Lilac and green balloons, ribbons and “banderitas” added a a festive mood to the affair. Candies were also thrown to the streets to the delight of the children and bystanders.

"ASP-CC extends it’s heartfelt appreciation to our guests Mrs. Gina Luna Bermudo and ASP Executive Board Director, Mr. Ranil Sorongon. Words would never be enough to express the miracle, nor joy this launching has made in the lives of the members and the families affected by autism. Today we are blessed ! DIOS Mabalos po!"

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