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.

26 May 2022

Speak From a Skillful Heart : Reflections from ASP’s Speakers Training

When I learned that the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) would be holding a public speaker’s training, I instinctively knew that this would be different from other speakers' training that I have been to. After all, ASP is composed of passionate parents and advocates who have propelled the organization to become what it is now – vibrant and strong.


My instinct was right. From the organization, preparation, and actual conduct of the program, the trustees made sure that we maximized our time and learning. Materials were sent weeks in advance, so we can learn based on past speaking engagements of the trustees. During our first meetings, questions were answered clearly, and assignments were given ahead of time, so we were prepared for the succeeding session. In between, there were small meetings for those who needed clarification or had questions. We were set up for success.

Participants were asked to prepare their presentation and submit it via a platform where groupmates could have easy access to watch and give comments on it. I found the assignment to be challenging considering the technical arrangement involved. In many ways, this training also made me more familiar with the online platform. I liked that I had the time to watch the presentations of my groupmates to learn from them and identify areas for improvement.

During the second session, participants were able to share their comments on the presentation of the group as well as listen to the comments on their own presentation. I thought that this was a creative and fun way of learning. I felt I was in a safe space as I shared and listened to others.

ASP Leaders who join our Speaker's Training


Over-all, I am glad and grateful to have attended this training. I learned that while many ASP members can truly speak from the heart, it pays well to be skillful in doing it so that our message and advocacy towards autism awareness, appreciation, and accommodation can reach far and wide.

About the Contributor: Olive Medina is mom to a young adult on the spectrum, Lorenzo, and his sister Lizzie. Aside from fulfilling her duties as a wife and mother, she is also the co-founder of Lorenzo's Sanctuary. Mommy Olive is the past president of ASP Sta. Rosa.

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