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.

03 April 2014

World Autism Awareness Day 2014

(This message by Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General, was originally published here.)

This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential.

I treasure my meetings with individuals affected by autism – parents, children, teachers and friends. Their strength is inspiring. They deserve all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration.

To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.

Education and employment are key. Schools connect children to their communities. Jobs connect adults to their societies. Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path. By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, we can change attitudes and promote respect. By creating suitable jobs for adults with autism, we integrate them into society.

At this time of economic constraint, governments should continue to invest in services that benefit persons with autism. When we empower them, we benefit current and future generations.

Tragically, in many parts of the world, these individuals are denied their fundamental human rights. They battle discrimination and exclusion. Even in places where their rights are secured, too often they still have to fight for basic services.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides a strong framework for action to create a better world for all.

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.


InnerJourney said...

A very good morning to you

I have an enquiry regarding the above

I know of a 3 year old boy who has a little challenge in his growing up years. He was diagnosed autistic about a year ago and has been undergoing treatment in a Singapore hospital for almost a year and is making satisfactory progress. The therapists attending to him hail from Philippines and Singapore.

Are there similar therapists in Philippines who might like to look into the possibility of taking up a private post to this child in Malaysia. We are looking at female, fresh graduates in that capacity. It will be a lived in job with the family and her responsibility is mainly to design the child's activities for optimum progress. She will also accompany the child and the mother to Singapore twice weekly for treatments and in so doing the therapist will actually acquire on the job training which will be useful to her in the future

Will appreciate if you can make a recommendation or a referral to the respective people or institutions. Thank you

Mona V. said...

As a family support organization, ASP is sympathetic to the plight of parents all over the world in search of the right intervention professionals for their children. However, ASP is not legally authorized to refer individuals for foreign employment. Our organization is profoundly invested in keeping educators, therapists and medical specialists in the Philippines to care for an ever increasing population of individuals with autism.

We wish you all the best!

Mona Veluz
ASP National Secretary

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