In celebration of the National Autism Awareness Month, DZUP 1602, the AM radio station of the University Philippines- Diliman, simultaneously streamlined live online at www.dzup.org extended its invitation to Autism Society Philippines to discuss autism and what more should people know about this case in an episode entitled “Matinong usapan para sa maunlad na bayan”.
The interview was broadcasted live last April 30 at “Wais Spend”, a radio program that seeks to help listeners on how to spend time, energy, money and resource wisely. The interviewee, ASP-BOT Gina Luna-Bermudo gave an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder that included the DSM V definition,
characteristics, triggers and prevalence of Autism in the country.
In addition, Ms. Bermudo also informed the public about Autism Society Philippines by extensively discussing ASP’s organization profile; members, chapters and leadership; programs and services; public campaigns and the newly launched A-OK Philippines. Government laws and programs that are designed for the enrichments of the benefits available to persons with autism and their families were also explained.
The hosts were so moved by ASP’s “1Pangako campaign” that towards the end of the program, they signified their interest in helping spread awareness about not using the word “Autistic as a joke”. They started it by playing the entire campaign song “1Pangako” to close their “Wais Spend” episode for the day.
About the contributor: ASP Trustee Gina Luna Bermudo is a former international flight attendant and is a frequent resource person for airlines to improve service for passengers with autism. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, major in Computer Science and is currently taking her Masters Degree in Special Education at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.