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.

25 May 2018

Seminar on Autism-Friendly Learning Environment

30 June 2018, Saturday
9AM - 4PM

Structured teaching is a system for: organizing space; change of activities with schedules; work study systems to facilitate learning process; and material organization to promote independence. Its primary purpose is to improve adaptation of persons with autism by modifying or structuring the environment to accommodate learning deficits of those in the spectrum.

What distinguishes this seminar from others given on the same topic is the rich inclusion of application of structured teaching at home, from the resource persons’ personal experiences with their sons with autism and those of other families they met and students they taught. Three mothers/teachers will give actual examples emphasizing the need for consistent practice and collaboration between school teachers and carers at home.

Participants will be given the opportunity to design a structured environment for their child/student through facilitated workshops.

About the Speaker and Facilitators:

The image shows Ms. Cecile Sicam, Ms. Dang Koe and Ms. Joyla Ofrecia wearing their ASP trustee uniform. There are three collages. Ms. Cecile and Ms. Dang have the same uniform while Ms. Joyla has the collared ones.
Ms. Cecile Sicam, Ms. Dang Koe and Ms. Joyla Ofrecia
The Speaker of Creating Autism-Friendly Learning Environments

Dang Uy Koe is ASP’s Chairperson Emeritus and Chairman of ASEAN Autism Network. She graduated with degrees in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Philippines. A sought-after speaker who travels to many parts of the country sharing hopes and building dreams with families living with autism, Dang is the recipient of 2013 Apolinario Mabini Award for Rehabilitation Volunteer and UST’s 2009 The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award for Humanitarian Service for her autism advocacy work.

Cecile Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as Secretary, President from 2001 to 2004; Vice President. Cecile has been teaching children with special needs for more than 2 decades. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara County, California; and upon her return resumed her position as Program Coordinator of Bridges Foundation Inc. She served as BFI's Directress from 2010-2016. She was her son's job coach upon his transition from school. Her adult son, Likas, has been employed for more than a decade. Now retired, she is currently ASP's Board Secretary, Education Committee Head and Project Manager of the Homepowerment Project.

Joyla Ofrecia is a mother of two, Juris 18, he has autism & Patricia 17. She has been a hands-on mother and for 16 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other school/center-based interventions for her own son and 11 years for other children with autism. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Angeles University Foundation. She conducts training to parents and professionals and orientations to different organizations and institutions on autism. She is one of the Trustees of ASP National, also the current president of the Autism Society Philippines City of San Fernando Pampanga Chapter and Program Director of Noah Autism Resource Center. Teacher Joy finds her fulfillment in her role as an advocate of autism and an instrument to empowering parents of children with special needs. Her passion in what she does is fueled by the firm belief that she was tasked to fulfill God's purpose for her life.

Seminar Details:
Date: 30 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Seminar Fees:
Pre-Registration (until June 26 or until slots last)
ASP Member- P 800.00
Non-Member- P 1, 000.00

On-site Registration
ASP Member- P 1, 000.00
Non-Member- P 1, 200.00

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metrobank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the scan copy of your deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s and contact numbers to and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants or walk-in will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 45 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-903-5496.

The ASP Education and Empowerment Program serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.


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