The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

22 July 2012

NDPR 2012: ASP Cavite Chapters Special Mini-Olympics kicks Off with a big bang

By Gerard Joseph Atienza, ASP Bacoor Cavite Chapter.

For the 4th time, the joint forces of the ASP Cavite Chapters, the Provincial Government of Cavite, and SM City Dasmariñas kicked off with the annual Cavite Special Mini-Olympics (SM-O) with a loud and big bang last July 16, 2012 at The Events Center of SM City Dasmariñas. The Cavite SM-O is traditionally held every year by ASP Cavite Chapters as part of the weeklong observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week. This year's theme "Mainstreaming PWDs in Economic Development" acknowledges and recognizes the talents and skills of “persons with 'D abilities” that translate to future work and career potentials.
Olympic Dance in black

Ten (10) SPED centers participated in the opening competitions of the mini-olympics: the Search for Mr. and Ms. NDPR 2012, where school muses and escorts paraded and posed in their smart work and career attires, and the Creative Gymnastics Competition, which was an energetic way of anticipating the olympic sports and games events. Around 500 students, teachers, and parents witnessed the awesome pageantry and the unique gymnastic exhibitions, which were creatively executed with dances, stunts and cheerings. This year's Mr. and Ms. NDPR 2012 are Heaven Bryony Lauzon and John Wayne Shin, both children with Down Syndrome, from Dasmariñas City Center for Special Needs. Hopewell Integrated School (Bacoor) emerged as the winner in the Creative Gymnastics competition.

ASP Cavite thanks all participating schools for their good will to involve the PWD children in this yearly exercise. Quoting ASP President Jan Peña: "If we don't take these opportunities, what can we give to our children?"

The SM Dasmariñas event was the first salvo of the Special Mini-Olympics, and more events are upcoming: Malikhaing Sabayang Bigkas (July 23 at the SM City Bacoor), Developmental and Junior Games (July 25 at the Animo Center, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute), and the Senior Sports and Games (July 28 at St Francis Learning Center, General Trias). Awarding and Closing Ceremonies will be held on July 30 at the SM City Rosario.


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