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.

04 March 2013

Coalition on UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs Holds Consultation Workshop

The Philippine Coalition on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) held its Consultation-Workshop for Parents of Children with Disabilities on 8-9 February 2013 at the NORFIL Training Center, Quezon City.

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations of persons with disabilities (PWD) and their advocates, including Autism Society Philippines (ASP), who spearheaded the seminar. Such a seminar aimed to equip the participants with knowledge on the UNCRPD, to assess its implementation, and to find ways of improving the welfare of children with disabilities (CWD) and enjoyment of their rights as embodied in the UNCRPD.

UNCRPD group

Facilitating the workshop was ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon, who is also the Cluster Coordinator for Parents of CWDs in the Coalition. Among the topics discussed included the CWD Situation, Disability in the Human Rights Perspective, and Equality and Non-Discrimination, among others.

It was also during this workshop that parents and advocates of CWDs raised issues pertaining to the current situation of their children, particularly in the expected roles of the Philippine government as vanguard of the rights of PWDs, as outlined in the UNCRPD, among which the Philippines is one of those who ratified said convention. The workshop also highlighted non-government organizations that, in spite of the current limitations in society, continue to advocate and work with the government in pursuit for the rights and welfare of PWDs.

This goes to show that ASP works and advocates not only for the well-being of persons with autism and their families, but also for other PWDs. It constantly works with other related organizations and the government to make the rights real for persons with disabilities.

This article is a contribution from Gerard Joseph Atienza, Secretary, ASP Bacoor Cavite Chapter and UNCRPD Documentor


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