Alejandro Cabason, ASP National Vice-President, welcomed 8 participants to the ASP Family Support Group held in ASP Office National Headquarters last 19 September 2015. ASPs monthly family support group sessions bring together parents, siblings and other family members to talk about their journey in living with autism. Participants share their experiences and draw enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges.
The parents who attended the session shared some insights:
“I need to be more patient, dedicated, and to be more willing to continue giving my best to support my daughter Bea for her improvement and development. Not only on (sic) my daughter but to spread this knowledge that I have in order to other people to understand what ASD is.”
“I have to accept the fact the having an autistic child is not a burden but gift of having a child and the fact that he is high functioning and there is so much hope in him.”
“I am much lucky in (sic) other parent with ASD because according to our sharing some of them have severe cases. Before this sharing I am much depressed for my son. I realized that we are not alone, I found a new family. I found the right place.”
About the contributor. Lloyd Ngo worked as an ASP intern when he attended Independent Living and Learning Center. He began working in 2012 as an encoder at the Ongkiko Manhit Custodio and Acorda Law Offices in Makati. He is currently ASP’s part-time Program Assistant.