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.

29 August 2017

ASP's Autism Works lands in Davao

On National Heroes Day last 28 August 2017, ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National Trustee Marivic Ramos, and ASP Angel Corps Volunteer Carl Veluz traveled to Davao City to facilitate the first ever Autism Works Open House in the Crown Jewel of Mindanao. They were warmly supported by ASP Davao President Liplip Perrenas, Autism Works Project Manager for Davao Momay Al-ag and the rest of the local chapter officers. Applicants, their parents and their teachers from all over Davao City congregated at the ASP Davao office for a day of interviews and assessments.

The image shows Autism Works Team, participants with their parents and ASP Davao officers having a group photo.
The Autism Works Team with the participants with their parents and ASP Davao Officers

The assessments determined occupational interest while the panel interviews highlighted the degree of job readiness of the candidates. ASP has successfully identified compassionate workplaces and developed accommodated training programs for job success. Successful applicants in Davao will be deployed in SM Savemore Bangkal and SM Supermarket Ecoland. A handful of opportunities in fast food outlets are also in the works.

The image shows Mr. Uswaldo Parrenas wearing black shirt and eyeglasses. He speaks about Autism Works and holds papers.
Mr. Liplip Perrenas

"This is historic for our chapter," said ASP Davao President Liplip Perrenas. "We are establishing standards for PWAs to be successful at work and we hope our parents and schools will work with us to reach these standards."

The ASP Autism Works career placement initiative welcomes applicants from all across the spectrum. "We believe in the potential of all persons with autism," shared ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz. "Talking to businesses allows ASP and the enterprise to explore best practices in job definition, recruitment, training and performance management. What we learn is shared with job readiness institutions, so that their programs can be more responsive to the needs of industry. We do all this in the name of acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of persons with autism."

The image shows Autism Works participants sitting by group answering questions during the open house.
The participants of the Autism Work Program

We look forward to ushering more "heroic" persons with autism, ready to enter the workplace.

The ASP Autism Works Open House series is happening all over the country - Quezon City, Davao, Los Baños, Cebu, Lucena, Iloilo and Parañaque. This project was made possible with the support of Cebu Pacific, Communicare Therapy Center, Inclusion Advoc8, Kitestrings Developmental Center, WorkAbilities, various ASP Chapters and media outlets like Cebu Daily News, Sun Star Cebu, ABS CBN Iloilo and ABS-CBN Cebu.

The Autism Society Philippines' Autism Works career placement initiative aims to build an autism-inclusive society, by creating genuine employment opportunities in compassionate workplaces for adults with autism. ASP's CBR-inspired employment model empowers PWAs and their families towards success at work, through careful profiling of candidates, customized job matching, job coaching training and partnership with respected transition specialists and employers. ASP cordially invites job-ready persons with autism to explore employment possibilities by sending their resume to


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