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.

24 June 2014

ASP joins Freedom Walk 2014

The Autism Society Philippines once again joined the annual Freedom Walk of PWDs held at San Juan City last June 14, 2014. ASP is led by its Program Coordinator and Freedom Walk Technical Working Group member, Raph Torralba and members of Tandang Sora, Makati, and Pasay Chapter. Now on its 4th year, the Walk, with the theme “Every step we take, barriers we break”, attracted more than 2,000 walkers composed of PWD organizations, local government units, government agencies and private sector such as LGU of San Juan, Taguig, Pasay, and Mandaluyong, AKAP Pinoy, PFRD, NCDA, Senate of the Philippines, DSWD, DPWH, DOTC,DENR, MIAA, PIA, PNP, BFP, NVRP, PACDLD, Physicians for Peace, Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on PWD, Citibank, JP Morgan, SM CARES, PARM, and CBM. San Juan City Mayor, Guia Gomez welcomed all the guests and participants to the city.



Senate President, Franklin Drilon, arrived and gamely showed his willingness to walk with the PWDs that gathered at the Pinaglabanan Shrine. He was joined by his wife, Mila; Mayor Gomez; former Energy Secretary, Rene Almendras; NCDA Acting Executive Director, Carmen Zubiaga; PFRD President, Noli Agcaoili; and AKAP Pinoy Chairman, Oscar Taleon. In his inspirational speech, the Senator threw his full support to this yearly event by saying that he enjoyed walking with the PWDs and that he was looking forward to next year’s walk. “Sa susunod na taon, sama-sama po tayo rito. Mas marami po tayo next year,” he said. He even jokingly said that the walk was a short one. “May reklamo lang ako. Mas marami ang picture-taking kaysa sa walking,” he said in jest. Later on, he posted a message in his Facebook account encouraging every community to empower the PWDs: “Congratulations to all the participants of the Freedom Walk for a successful event which is aimed to give PWD's a united voice in pushing for their rights, acceptance, and inclusion in society. We must all promote a community that empowers all the PWD's in the Philippines.”

This yearly walk is being organized by the AKAP Pinoy with PFRD as this year’s Chair. The goal of this activity is to raise awareness of the general populace on the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWDs as well as to encourage local government units to establish Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) as mandated by the RA 10070. The Walk is also an expression of the PWDs’ desire to be free from chains of discrimination, inequalities and poverty and has persuaded the them to be united as one in advocating for the recognition of their rights and the responsibility of the government to enable them to live independently and participate fully.

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