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.

15 April 2018

Happy and Independent

When Kerstian was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, we thought he would only stay at home as he grew old and would need round-the-clock care. But with the guidance of professionals and special schools, Kerstian developed, was mainstreamed and even graduated high school. We are proud that he learned to be independent. We decided to send him to attend Independent Living Learning Center Cebu, and enrolled for their Job Readiness Program.

The image shows Kerstian with his ILLC coaches in a grocery store.
Kerstian Menguito with his ILLC coach
Our whole family is so happy, after Miss Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President of ASP, came to Cebu to introduce the Autism Works program. She assessed several young adults with autism for employment -- and Kerstian qualified! We thought it was impossible for Kerstian to work in a company as big as SM Markets! Over the last year, he worked in SM Savemore in Parkmall and SM Hypermarket in JMall. With the help of ILLC, ASP and SM, Kerstian is now working -- included with typical employees -- happy and independent.

According to Ms. Mona, "I can see Kerstian works hard! I also see his struggles; but what's great is that Kerstian is working constantly on improving himself."

About the contributor. Noel Menguito is a gifted photographer and a member of ASP Cebu.


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