Mr. Ranil Sorongon of the Asia Pacific Development Center for Disabilities met with the combined ASP Ormoc District 1 and 2 chapters last 10 January 10, 2014 at Pongos Hotel to support family members who live with autism who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Mr. Sorongon oriented the group about his role as the secretariat for the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) and the APCD; and how these organizations can help the affected families.
He moderated a discussion of specific concerns and raised the following priorities: 1) Rebuilding of the public SPED center and replacement of special education materials lost in the typhoon; 2) Assistance in the diagnosis of children with autism and other disabilities; 3) Continued intervention for the children with autism, most especially occupational therapy and speech and language therapy; and 4) Psychosocial and trauma counseling for parents, caregivers of children with autism. A survey form was also distributed to determine how basic needs of food, water, clothing, shelter, sanitation of each household were affected, how the disaster and the aftermath affected the behavior and other areas of development of the children and how disaster preparedness was implemented before the typhoon.
|Mr. Ranil Sorongon is welcomed by the leadership of ASP Ormoc 1 & 2 Chapters|
Mr. Sorongon informed the chapter members that the Vietnam Autism Network raised $400.00 from their vocational livelihood projects as a donation to the Ormoc chapters.
Mr. Sorongon encouraged the families present to always keep hope alive. He is confident that we can all rise from this tragedy with the help and support of the national and local governments, local advocacy organizations like the Autism Society Philippines and international disability agencies like AAN and APDCD.