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.

20 January 2020

Kakaiba: A Call for Kindness

Individuals on the autism spectrum are different, not less. This is the overarching theme of the Autism Society Philippines' campaign, released in time for the National Autism Consciousness Week 2020.

Autism is a spectrum condition that may affect an individual's ability to communicate and to socialize. It is difficult for many to understand because autism does not carry physical manifestations. The public, especially those without a personal connection to this developmental condition, sometime subscribe to unflattering and often harmful stereotypes. Many families have experienced lack of awareness and  discrimination, which are the root of bullying that many on the spectrum live with every day. Being different can weigh on an autistic person, making them feel isolated and unheard.

The video draws the viewer to see the humanity in individuals on the autism spectrum. It introduces a group of young men who have unique gifts and challenges, associated with being on the spectrum -- visual artist Kenrick Cheng, fashion enthusiast Gio Koe, entrepreneur Carl Veluz, bike enthusiast Conan Dizon, chocolate maker John Silva and performer Jolo Sta. Cruz. Viewers are enjoined to abandon stereotypes and to get to know their stories -- what they are good at, what makes them happy, and how bullying makes them feel.

Think twice before you mimic individuals on the autism spectrum for social media popularity. Very often, these are neither accurate not kind.

ASP's Goodwill Ambassador and Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Marquez Dee lends her voice to our call to action to celebrate differences and to build a kinder, more inclusive world.

#CelebrateDifferences #AutismOKPH #AutismOKWorld


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