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 July 2014

ASP at the Sensitivity and Welfare of PWDs Seminar at PDEA

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted an orientation-seminar on the Sensitivity and Welfare of PWDs for PDEA personnel last May 30 to have ample knowledge on what programs and projects are to be implemented for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and to promote sensitivity on PWDs.

PDEA group

The seminar is in line with the Joint DBM-DSWD Circular No. 2003-01 dated April 28, 2003 re: Implementing Guidelines for Section 29 of the FY 2003 General Appropriations Act for FY 2003 entitled “Setting Aside One Percent of Government Agency Budget for Programs / Projects Related to Senior Citizens and The Disabled.”

ASP Trustee, Elizabeth Udquin was the resource speaker on autism and how to handle persons with autism. During the course of the program, somebody from the audience asked her about the difference between autism and ADHD. The question asked is if autism and ADHD is in the same banana. Beth clarified that ADHD is another condition so it opens the opportunity to explain the comorbidities of disability is possible. According to Beth, maybe they observed the overlapping or the resemblance of the sign and symptoms of autism and ADHD. She then gave emphasis about the sensory processing dysfunction that probably the child with autism and a child with ADHD exhibit. As well as a child with autism could have ADHD or a child with autism could also have intellectual disability or a child with autism could also have hearing impairment and visual impairment combined so the Developmental Pediatrician could come up with multiple disability regardless of its ordinal order in terms what is the primary or secondary condition and so on and so forth.

About the author: Raphael Torralba is a former photojournalist for a media agency that caters to persons with disabilities. Raph is currently the Program Coordinator of ASP and its resident photographer. He graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Computer Based Information Systems. His passion to serve the PWAs and PWDs earned him as one of the Disability Rights Advocates and one of the Young PWD Leaders. Raph's youngest brother, Patrick, is on the spectrum.


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