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.

01 April 2015

One with Kamp Pagkakaisa

ASP Trustee Jan Peña and Chair Emeritus Dang Koe gave a lecture to 45 aspiring and seasoned volunteers, composed of SPED and regular teachers, students taking up SPED, Psychology and other courses, parents and a grandmother, of Kamp Pagkakaisa Volunteers (Charity) Inc. (KPVI) last February 8 and March 8, respectively. The participants gave their 1Pangako Pledge, in support for ASP’s campaign to stop the use of the word “autistic” in a derogatory way.

Trustee Jan Peña talked about “Handling Campers with Autism” (CWA). Ms Peña came with her son Muneer, also a camper of KPVI since 2010. For the participants to understand CWAs better, Ms Peña used the exclusive template for KPVI made by one of ASP’s EDEIP Trainers, Teacher My Sorongon. She also gave a talk on “Love and Commitment” the night before her birthday, March 21.


Chair Emeritus Dang Koe talked about “Leadership and Communication”. Being a leader herself for three terms as the National President and now the first and only Chair Emeritus of ASP, Ms. Koe gave inspiration to all participants as she shared her knowledge and expertise. The participants also enjoyed the said lecture because of the many exciting games that Ms Koe prepared for them.



Aspiring and seasoned volunteers also have the opportunity to hear from the expert, former Executive Director Ranil Sorongon, talked about the “Rights of Children with Disabilities”. Parents and a grandmother of a CWD were so glad to hear it from the expert; while most of the participants said that it was their first time to learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The group also invited speakers from the different Parent Organization Group like Mr. Pong Tee of ADHD and Ms. Nieves Reyes of DSAPI came with sister Clara, a smart girl with Down Syndrome. Professionals such as Dr. Ferdiliza Garcia, Teacher Mark Anthony Padil, Ms. Mayumi Gonzalez, Ms. Chat Paran, Ms Grace Barcelona, Mr. Aries Burgonio, Mr. Tam Austria, Ms. Faye Roderos, Mr. Ryan Cachola, Dr. Gomez and Ms. Catherine Genovia were also on hand to provide guidance to the participants.

KPVI or formerly known as PVI Foundation Inc. is a non-stock non-profit organization, composed of volunteer students and professionals committed to the welfare and development of children with special needs: children who are intellectually and physically challenged; children with autism or with Down Syndrome; street smart children, and the abandoned from different government and private institutions, special schools and private homes.

The KPVI members are actively and regularly volunteers in ASP’s special events. Its founders Derly Salud, Emmy Cura, Reynaldo San Agustin, Jun Salengga and Penny Perfecto, together with its officers encouraged all the volunteers to join and assist ASP in special events.

The 37th Kamp Pagkakaisa, dubbed as “Mga Batang Espesyal Kaisa ng Barkadahan sa Binangonan” will be held in Binangonan Rizal. Kamp Director, Ms.Lea Lou Bautista will lead the almost 350 delegates for a 10-day Therapeutic Summer Camp. Trustee Jan Peña and son Muneer and Benjamin “Budong” Gaban of ASP Diliman, former ASP Program Assistant, Abby Mendoza and Cathy Genovia will be part of the delegation.

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