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.

07 October 2019

The National Autism Consciousness Week 2020

Autism is a lifelong developmental exceptionality, which may challenge an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize and adapt to the world around him.  One in 100 Filipinos are on the autism spectrum, translating to approximately 1.2 million of our countrymen living with autism today.

The Autism Society Philippines is one with the nation in celebrating the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week to be held from 20 to 26 January 2020. This annual observance was made possible by President Fidel Ramos' Proclamation 711 of 1996 – in inspiring acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of persons on the autism spectrum in society. The activities of the week promote action by the public and private sectors towards enabling persons on the autism spectrum to live with dignity, enjoy equal rights and access, function independently and contribute productively. We would like society to strive beyond “awareness” and to inspire genuine inclusion -- through acceptance, accommodation and appreciation!

We hope to inspire awareness, acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of autism in all sectors of society. Public and private institutions are encouraged to spearhead creative activities, events and programs, towards building opportunities for our neurodiverse population. We recognize that to effect the changes we need, we must work together.

Event details below include links to resources that may be helpful for the public's full participation in this national commemoration. #angelswalk2020 #nacw2020 #AutismOKPH #AutismOKWorld

The absence of the puzzle imagery in our materials is deliberate.  The Autism Society Philippines does not support the use of the puzzle icon to represent autism, as persons on the spectrum should neither be illustrated as "mind-boggling" nor "incomplete".
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NATIONAL EVENTS (Work in Progress)
20-26 January 2020
1Bansa, 1Pangako
20 January 2020, Monday | Nationwide

The Autism Society Philippines invites the country -- governments agencies, businesses, schools and other institutions -- to spark the conversation on autism inclusion, by making the 1Pangako oath during the Monday morning flag ceremony.

Participating Government Agencies: COMELEC Nationwide
Workshop for First-Time Voters on the Spectrum
20 January 2020, Monday (TBC) | Manila City | By Sign-Up

First time voters with autism and intellectual disabilities are invited to participate in a workshop discussing voting procedures and simulating the voting process (complete with machines and forms).  This is a unique opportunity to discover ways to improve and facilitate the voting experience for those who may have sensory or cognitive challenges.

Led by: ASP, Commission on Elections
Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs on the Spectrum
24 January 2020, Thursday (TBC) | Makati City | By Invitation/Sign-Up

Budding entrepreneurs on the spectrum and family members who support them with micro and small businesses will be equipped with basic know how on how to start and develop financially viable enterprises.

Organized by: ASP, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Trade Training Center Global MSME Academy
Angels Walk for Autism 2020
26 January 2020, Sunday | Pasay City | Public Event

Since it began in 2007, the walk continues to advocate for acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of Filipinos with autism towards an Autism-OK Philippines. This year’s Angels Walk for Autism celebrates our nation's strong familial bonds that have pushed our advocacy from the boundaries of our nation, to the communities of the ASEAN and the world!

The event marks the launch of ASP AUthletics -- ASP’s wellness and athlete development program for individuals on the spectrum. After the walk, athletes on the spectrum will congregate at the SM MOA Music Hall for a Takkyu Volley Tournament. (Takkyu Volley Video:

Led by: ASP, SM Cares, MOA Arena, SM MOA, Decathlon, National Council on Disability Affairs, ASEAN Autism Network, Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability, Association of Southeast Asian Nations

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