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.

17 April 2013

Children’s Rights Camp





Its summer once again! It’s time to relax, go on vacation and visit different places with families and friends. It’s also the time to enroll in favorite classes like guitar, piano, football, basketball, painting, etc to develop and hone one’s potentials and talents. For others, it’s the occasion to join different camps to experience a day or two to learn new things away from the family, to become more responsible and independent.

As part of its mission to educate children with disabilities, Autism Society Philippines’ (ASP) National Office will be having a day camp entitled “Kamp Karapatan” to educate children with disabilities of their rights using the Digital Talking Books (DTBs)

The one day activity for children with disabilities (CWDs) will provide them with opportunities to acquire knowledge of their rights as provided in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) as well as their responsibilities.

The camp is an alternative venue to teach CWDs their rights using the Digital Talking Books (DTBs). The learning sessions of the children will be done using DTBs and other creative ways like songs, games, drawings, etc. to make it more participative, engaging and meaningful. 

This activity is part of ASP’s project that was chosen as one of the winners of the 2011 Innovative Human Rights Initiative sponsored by the Ateneo School of Government, the Ateneo Human Rights Center and CODE NGO Network. The winning proposal entitled “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using the Digital Talking Books” is funded by the Australian Aid (AusAID). It aims to educate 500 children with disabilities of their human rights using digital talking books as well as their parents and siblings. 

The digital talking books (DTBs) are part of the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) now being used in the different parts of the world for persons with disabilities to facilitate learning. The project is first in the country. 

ASP is inviting 25 children with disabilities to join the second camp on April 20 Saturday from 8:30AM-4PM at the Bridges Foundation, 22 Scout Limbaga Street, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City. ASP will be providing free snacks and lunch, and tokens to all the participants.

Interested children and parents may call 926 6941, 929 8447 or email at autismphils@gmail.com to reserve a slot. CWDs must be at least 10 years old and must be able to understand and read Tagalog or English. A permission form duly signed by the parents or guardian to be provided by ASP must be submitted on or before Friday, April 19, 2013.   

Let’s all support the initiative to educate children with disabilities of their rights!

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