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.

26 September 2012

ASP Conducts Orientation-Workshops on the Rights of CWDs

Autism Society Philippines (ASP) conducted three workshops for its “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using the Digital Talking Books” projects.

The first orientation-workshop was done last September 8 at the Asian Social Institute, Manila; the second at the Autism Resource Center in Los Baños, Laguna; and the third at the Function Room of the Municipality of Carmona, Cavite. A total of 90 special education teachers, therapist, community based rehabilitation volunteers, parents of CWDs and other disability workers attended.

The activity oriented the participants about the project, the rights of CWDs based on the provision of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and to solicit the comments and recommendations of the participants on the draft manual that will be used by facilitators who will be teaching the children.

The participants were very eager about the project and were amazed to view, hear and see for the first time digital talking books. They were also very active in giving their feedback and recommendations on how to improve the manual.

“The Digital Talking Books is good not only for children with disabilities but also for students without disabilities. I can also use it for my students who are deaf”, commented a teacher of deaf children from Carmona, Cavite.

The three orientation-workshops were successful and it opened another opportunity for ASP to have lectures on both the UNCRC and the UNCRPD for teachers, parents and other service providers for children with disabilities since in the three groups only a handful are aware of the two conventions wherein the Philippines in a signatory.

Our partners in the implementation of this ground-breaking project are:

ASP City of San Fernando Chapter, San Fernando, Pampanga
ASP Hagonoy Chapter, Hagonoy, Bulacan
Club Journey Volunteers Inc, Makati City
Stepping Stone Learning Center, Makati City
Independent Living Learning Center, Mandaluyong City
REACH Foundation, Mandaluyong City
The Learning Center, Parañaque City
Therapy Works, Parañaque City
La Sagesse Rehabilitation and Development Center, Pasig City
Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Las Piñas City
HOPE Development Center for Children, Las Piñas City
Bridges Foundation, Quezon City
Fairfield School, Quezon City
New Hope SPEd Center, Quezon City
NORFIL Foundation, Quezon City
Quality Life Discoveries, Quezon City
Resources for the Blind, Quezon City
Hopewell Integrated School, Bacoor, Cavite
Municipality of Carmona, Cavite
Calamba SPED Center, Calamba City, Laguna
Child and Teens Intervention Center, San Pablo City, Laguna
GS Option House for Autism, Biñan, Laguna
Holy Rosary College-SPED Department, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
Hope Intervention Center, Calamba City, Laguna
Liliw Intervention Center, Liliw, Laguna
Shepherd of Faith SPED Center, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
Autism Resource Center, Los Baños, Laguna

ASP’s “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using the Digital Talking Books" projects is the winner of the 2011 Search for Innovative Human Rights Initiatives. It received a funding support for its implementation from the Australian Aid (AusAID).


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