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.

17 March 2016

Carmel Almendrala leads FSG in March 2016

ASP Trustee Carmel Almendrala welcomed six participants to the family support group meeting held at Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters last 19 March 2016. ASP’s monthly family support group sessions bring together parents, siblings and other family members to talk about their journey in living with autism.

Carmel Almendrala sits at the head of our board room table, together with the family support group participants.

Participants shared their experiences, articulated their aspirations as parents and drew enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges.

“Gusto ko na magshare ng kanya-kanyang experience sa aming mga anak. At the same time magkaroon ng payo kung paano pa magkaroon ng development o progress ang aming mga anak.”

“I wanted to learn and understand my son’s situation and the proper way or attitude to approach it.”

“How I can help my son so he can be self sufficient and live life on his own?”

“I learned that I should build my network more in order to help my kids. And not be shy to advocate for my kids.”

“I should be proud that I have an autistic son.”

“We are not alone in our struggles. We can learn from one another’s experiences.”

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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 Jr. Program Assistant.


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