The San Jose Del Monte Chapter of the Autism Society Philippines was privileged to host "Filipino Siblings of PWA's: Understanding and Responding to Their Needs" last 01 June 2013 at the Happy Child Academy.
The seminar started with a video on 1Pangako, ASP’s campaign to stop the use of the word "autistic" in jokes and pranks. This was then followed by a prayer and an orientation of the programs and events of ASP by our National President Ms. Jan Peña. Our participants -- family members, friends, teachers of PWA’s -- were indeed fortunate to have Teacher My Sorongon, has been running ASP’s SibsCamp for several years, as our resource speaker. Teacher My’s lecture dealt with the importance of sibling relationships, coping mechanisms, PWA sibling support and understanding. Chapter President of San Fernando City, Pampanga, Mommy Joy Ofrecio and of Hagonoy, Bulacan, Dr. Anawi Tolentino and our very own Mommy Susan Reyes shared more insights and encouraged parents to be active in our advocacy. The event was made special by having siblings Ate Thea and Milli who were very patient and loving to their Kuya Muneer! No better way to learn from others than the sibling advocates themselves.
Thanks to the enthusiastic and motivational efforts of ASP President Ms. Jan Pena, seminars like this one continue to help families who live with autism learn practical everyday tips. The ASP SJDM for the past two years has been learning and growing as a chapter. Despite the hectic schedules and the demands of everyday living, we hold on to our common mission of being advocates for the needs and rights of individuals with autism. It was indeed a day full of blessings and we are thankful for the opportunity to rekindle the flame.