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.

23 August 2012

ASP Joins Asia Pacific Workshop

ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon, together with Ms. Jennifer Soriano from the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP) and the UP College of Allied Medical Professions (UPCAMP), presented the “Challenges of Children with Disabilities in the Philippines” during the workshop held in August 11, 2012 in Perth, Western Australia. The regional wokshop was attended by representatives from Samoa, Solomon Islands, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tuvalu and Bangladesh. Mr. Boon Hock Lim, a member of the ASEAN Autism Network representing Malaysia was also present.

The workshop was facilitated by Mr. John Forster, Chief Executive Officer of Noah’s Ark, a non profit organization in Australia which aims to provide information on the challenges faced by children with disabilities and their parents in the different countries of Asia-Pacific.

The event is an initial step for creating a network among the stakeholders in the region for sharing information and resources intended to improve the early intervention services in the region. This task in indeed daunting, considering the distance and diversity of experience between the stakeholder countries; but the group agreed to continue with engineering strategic linkages and encouraging purposeful interaction.

The group would like to extend its gratitude to Ms. Denise Luscombe, the National President of Early Childhood Intervention Australia and Mr. John Forster for spearheading this great initiative.


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