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.

25 October 2012

ASP visits La Sagesse

By Cricel B. Elises, ASP Program Assistant






Autism Society Philippines was invited to give a seminar on “The United Nation Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC)” and “The Filipino Siblings” by Sr. Henedina Latayada last October 12, 2012 at the La Sagesse Rehabilitation and Development Center (LSRDC) in Buting, Pasig City.  Our talk provided information on the laws for Person with Disability (PWD) and how siblings cope with having persons with disability in the family.

The 135 participants were composed of LSRDC teachers, staffs, mothers, fathers, siblings and PWD’s.
Mr. Ranilo Sorongon, ASP Executive Director talked about the different rights of individuals with disabilities.  “Human rights are rights that are inherent to all human beings.” Every child, whether a typical one or with a disability, has the same rights according to local and international law. He informed them about the different violations of these rights like child labor, child trafficking for sexual and working exploitation, among others.

Ms. Rosalyn Marie G. Sorongon, M.A. Ed talked talked about the SibsCamp, a program of Autism Society Philippines (ASP) for siblings of Person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She tackled the causes and effects of siblings with Siblings With Autism (SWA) in different ages. She enumerated three common coping mechanisms:  the Parentified child (when the sibling acts more like a parent), the Withdrawn child ( when the sibling refuses to accept any form of responsibility) and the Achiever or Family Mascot Child (when the sibling become exceptional achievers or extroverts to compensate).  She cited some of the common concerns of siblings based on the workshops given by ASP National Office.

Sr. Henedina Latayada toured ASP around their PWD-friendly school, as a fitting end to a day of learning.  We were amazed at the care and concern the school takes in meeting the needs of their special students.

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