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.

21 July 2012

Orientation for New ASP Volunteers

By Helen Villocino – de Leon, ASP Member.



The pilot orientation program for new volunteers of Autism Society Philippines was held at the national office in Quezon City last July 7, 2012.

Immediate Past National President Grace Adviento and National Secretary Mona Magno-Veluz welcomed our intimate group. Facilitating our discussion was a group of able Organizational Communication majors from the De La Salle University -- Anna Chichioco, Katrina de Guzman and Stephanie Mendiola -- who designed the program as part of their undergraduate thesis.

The volunteers who were first to undergo the program were Helen de Leon, a mother who continues to be passionate about autism advocacy even after the death of her 28-year old PWA son almost a year ago; Annie Federico, a training specialist from the Philippine National Police and Matthew Guillen, an ABA Therapist from Whelpcare Learning Center, Quezon City.

The dialogue was casual; but purposeful. It was apparent during the expectation-setting session that the new volunteers were there out of an unselfish desire to share their time and talents and expected nothing in return; because contributing to ASP's noble advocacy work was reward enough. The ASP leadership responded to the overwhelming generosity of spirit with a promise of continuous dialogue, hands-on coaching from experienced volunteers, and a steady stream of opportunities to help.

In the past, ASP managed volunteers who are introduced to us by existing members or who are employees of institutional members. The association continues to open its doors to "green" volunteers -- those who may have no previous connection or experience with ASP -- as part of the redefinition of its Volunteer Management Program.

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