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.

07 May 2014

The birth of the ASP Las Piñas Chapter

ASP National President Jan Peña was instrumental in helping Mary Ann Artates organize the ASP Las Piñas Chapter from a subset of what was once ASP Metro South. Teacher Mary is a SPED Teacher at Our Lady of Pilar Montessori Center and a volunteer Occupational Therapist in Elsie Gaches Village, an institution of mentally-challenged children in the care of DSWD. She gathered her co-teachers, students, parents and other members to pursue their advocacy. “It gives me the urge to build the chapter when I learned the advantages that the ASP can offer to them. From here, I want to educate the parents, teachers, caregivers, friends, and relatives on how to deal with these kids and their need; how to help them lift their load even an inch; how we can be unified in helping in giving the utmost care of these children,” shared Teacher Mary.

A participant asking a question to Mr. Evert Malapad

ASP Las Piñas Chapter was created, with Ms. Maria France Dimaangay as the Chapter President. The group held its oath-taking last 5 April 2014 at the Basement Hall of Our Lady of Pilar Montessori Center, and conducted a seminar on “Understanding Autism and Children with Special Needs,” with Evert Malapad as a resource speaker. The event was attended by parents, professionals like teachers and occupational therapists and persons with disabilities from different sectors of Las Piñas.


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