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.

22 August 2013

ASP celebrates NDPR Week

The Autism Society Philippines was an active participant in the celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. The ASP National and its Quezon City and Cavite Chapters came in full force during the opening day, highlighted by Walk for Justice at QC Memorial Circle -- Justice Secretary Leila De Lima was the guest of honor.

PWA Carl Veluz with Peña family

ASP attended the two-day forum on “10 Goals to Make the Right Real” held at the Department of Budget and Management in Malacanang Complex. Represented by Alex Cabason, Elizabeth Udquin and Raphael Torralba, the forum was a discussion between the PWD sectors and government agencies on the various goals of the Incheon Strategy and how they are being implemented in the country. It aimed to generate awareness and sensitivity to the needs of PWDs as well as on the laws that promote and protect their rights toward motivating PWDs to overcome their limitations and encouraging support to the programs implemented by the government for them.

ASP also participated in the forum “Realizing the Rights of CWDs” through Access to Justice. This forum focused on the need for accessibility and sensitivity of parents and their CWDs in their access to justice.

ASP joined other 1,500 PWD groups, supporters and advocates in the much anticipated activity of Philippine Association of Rehabilitation Medicine -- the PARM Move Pilipinas Fun Run held at QC Memorial Circle. Aside from promoting fitness and wellness, this activity also promoted awareness on the needs of PWDs and highlight their hidden talents and abilities. Later in the day, ASP attended the Fun Day for Children with Disabilities in SM Fairview. As one of the event’s co-organizers, the program had a fun-filled day for children with disabilities with games and performances from Autism Angels and other talented children with disabilities.

The closing ceremonies saw the Mega Sensitivity Campaign in Mall of Asia. ASP President Jan Peña spoke on “Understanding Autism” and how to treat persons with autism while Program Coordinator Raph Torralba spoke on “Proper Communicating and Treating the people with Hearing Loss.” ASP Chairman Emeritus Dang Koe and Consultant Ranil Sorongon, meanwhile, attended the press conference on May 2013 elections on the other side of the mall. The press conference discussed what transpired during the 2010-2013 Campaign on Disability Inclusive Election and how they will start preparing for the 2016 Disability Inclusive Election.


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