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.

14 July 2013

ASP contributes to the Legislative Agenda for Children

Executive Director Ranil Sorongon of Autism Society Philippines (ASP) joined the different government agencies, non government organizations and faith based group working for children to come up with a legislative agenda for children last June 25 at the Bay Leaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila organized by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).


The legislative agenda for children will be presented to the 16th Congress that will officially commence its legislative function this July. As representative of children with disabilities, being the chair of the sub-committee on children with disabilities, Director Sorongon together with Mr. Randy CalseƱa of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) pushed for the inclusion in the legislative agenda a law on “Compulsory Disability Screening of Children” and the inclusion of “Disability Component” in all programs and services of the government. The screening will respond to the national issue of non-identification of disability among children and the high cost of a formal diagnosis of disability. The disability component will address non-inclusion of disability in the mainstream programs and services of the government and will promote basic knowledge and understanding on disability and the different issues related to disability.

Mr. Erwin Lara from the Senate Legislative Liaison Office shared valuable inputs on policy advocacy and his experiences as a lawmaker and committee secretary of the House of Representative, before the formal drafting of the agenda. His practical tips and sense of humor gave the participants a new way of looking at policy advocacy not only in the legislative branch but also in the executive branch of the government.

Ms. Elena Caraballo, Deputy Executive Director of CWC hosted the event.

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