The walk in an annual event that coincides with the Philippine Independence Day celebration. The event was spearheaded by the Alyansa ng Mga Maykapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy) and chaired by the Philippine Association of Children with Developmental and Learning Disabilities Inc (PACDLD). The affair aimed to raise awareness to make a PWD-inclusive society and to express concerns on their rights to a barrier-free society and focuses on the progressive realization of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which marks the paradigm shift in attitudes from viewing PWDs as objects of charity to a person capable of claiming their rights in all aspects of human endeavors.
Emer Rojas, the Vice Chairperson of this year’s Walk, encouraged PWDs to be aware of their rights as citizens and despite of their disabilities, they should not be discriminated. Both are embodied in the Philippine Constitution and UNCRPD
The Autism Society Philippines contingent was led by National President, Janette Peña and Program Coordinator, Raphael Torralba, who is also a part of the event’s Technical Working Committee.