The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

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 Pinas 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.


ASP Las Pinas 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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