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.

12 August 2014

ASP Laguna organizes Sensory Friendly Screening

Recently, 202 persons with disabilities, friends and relatives watched the first sensory-friendly movie shown in Laguna. Organized by ASP Laguna Chapter, it was held at SM City Calamba Cinema 1 last July 29, 2014. Zambezia, an animated movie about two falcons that were en route to a community of birds protected by a group called “the Hurricanes”, was shown.

The weather was cooperative since it didn't rain when the participants and companions waited for SM City Calamba to open. The cinema was almost filled with moviegoers, some of them for the first time.

The overall feedback is largely positive, as most of the PWD’s and companions in attendance that came from different parts of Laguna like Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, Los Baños, and San Pablo enjoyed the movie. ASP Santa Rosa Chapter also participated in this event. A mother relayed that her son was able to complete his movie watching experience. The mother was thankful for the opportunity to have this kind of event. Another parent, who had some doubts about the film showing, made more optimistic remarks as she talked with her other companion as they leave.

This wouldn't be possible without the efforts of cinema manager Ma. Supreme M. Fagara, SM Calamba security personnel and other staff, who were accommodating. We would also like to thank those who spent their time and enjoyed watching the movie with their friends, relatives and peers.Despite the recent typhoon which disrupted the lives of our kababayans, we were able to do a film presentation as a way to belatedly celebrate the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.

About the contributor. Ian Lopez is a self-advocate currently taking up Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in University of the Philippines Los Baños. He creates maps to help people get to seminars and symposiums organized by ASP-Laguna Chapter.



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