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.

19 October 2012

ASP Welcomes Friends from APCD

Autism Society Philippines (ASP) Chair Emeritus Dang Koe, Immediate Past President Grace Adviento and Executive Director Ranil Sorongon met with Mr. Ryuhei Sano, Ms. Duangnarumol “Tom” Dokruk and Ms. Tara Yap of the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) last 13 October 2012 at Kabayan Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines.

The APCD group shared the result of their visit to document the paper briquette and herbal medicine project of persons with autism and other developmental disabilities of ASP Laguna chapter. The project is part of the different livelihood opportunities offered by the Autism Resource Center (ARC) in Los Baños, Laguna. The paper briquette project received financial support from the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and technical assistance from the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Engineering and Agriculture Technology. Hopefully the project will be included in the document on disability inclusive agriculture by APCD in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and The Nippon Foundation.

Mr. Sano also gave some updates on the “Incheon Strategy to Make the Rights Real for Persons with Disabilities”. The strategy is the policy paper of the new Asia-Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022). ASP provided inputs particularly in Goal 5 “Expand Early Intervention and Education of Children with Disabilities” during the consultation workshop conducted by APCD last June.

ASP showed the video of its latest advocacy campaign the “1 Pangako” or One Promise. The project aims to end the negative use of the word “autistic” and to generate support to promote the rights and welfare of persons with autism. Mr. Sano and Ms. Tom enthusiastically pledged their support of the campaign.

Mr. Ryuhei Sano

Executive Director Ranil Sorongon showed the visitors a sample of the Digital Talking Books (DTBs) entitled “The Right to Play and Rest” -- a teaching tool for children with disabilities to understand their rights as embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). The DTBs is an alternative approach employed by ASP in its “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using Digital Talking Books” project with funding support from the Australian Aid (AusAID).

It was so heart-warming and inspiring to share experiences and updates on the initiatives that bring hopes to persons with disabilities and their families. It was an honor and privilege for ASP to welcome friends from APCD!


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