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.

05 February 2024

The AOK Pilipinas Live!

In a powerful and resonant call for "Accessible Education and Economic Empowerment for Pinoys on the Autism Spectrum," the Autism Society Philippines marked the culmination of the 28th National Autism Consciousness Week with the AOK Pilipinas Live! talk show last January 26, 2024. This year, the event took center stage at SM North Edsa, bringing together thought leaders, lawmakers, and celebrities to explore crucial topics surrounding autism.

The image shows guests arriving for AOK Live.
Guests arrived for the AOK Pilipinas Live

Voices of leading thought leaders amplify the week’s theme with their messages of hope -- Secretary Rex Gatchalian of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Mr. Dandy Victa of the National Council on Disability Affairs. SM Supermalls SVP for Operations and Program Director of SM Cares Disability Affairs Engr. Bien Mateo, echoed SM’s continued recognition of the potential and skills of Filipinos on the spectrum, noting that they are truly worthy of the support.

ASP National President Ljay Sumulong emphasized the need to nurture partnership between the government and the private sector to institute and promote inclusive education in our school system as well as collaborate with the private sector to ensure employment opportunities, while ASP National Vice President Maria Joyla Ofrecia implored for continued work, action, and support for an AOK Philippines.

The first segment featured an insightful conversation with lawmakers Senator Risa Hontiveros, Senator Koko Pimentel, and Congressman Paul Daza, who joined ASP National Spokesperson Mona Magno-Veluz. They discussed the challenges of creating legislation for Filipino citizens on the autism spectrum and those who care for them. Adding a personal touch to the dialogue were self-advocates Pia Cabanero and JB Tiamson.

The image shows Self-Advocates Pia CabaƱero and JB Tiamzon hosting while Ms. Mona Veluz interviewing Paul Daza, Riza Hontiveros and Koko Pimentel.
The first segment featured an insightful conversation with our lawmakers.

A heartfelt panel discussion during the second segment led by leading AOK parent Candy Pangilinan brought together siblings of individuals on the spectrum. Actress Gladys Reyes, band member Nicole Ferrer, and Bb. Pilipinas World 2008 Janina San Miguel shared their personal journeys and shed light on the profound impact autism has had on their lives.

The image shows Ms. Candy Pangilinan interviewing AOK siblings Ms. Gladys Reyes, Janina San Migeul and Nicole Ferrer.
 The second segment brought together siblings of individuals on the spectrum.

AOK Pilipinas Live! was more than just a talk show; it was a platform for meaningful discussions, fostering understanding, and driving change. By focusing on the theme of accessible education and economic empowerment, the event echoed the call for inclusivity and support for individuals on the autism spectrum. As the advocacy continues to gain momentum, the collaborative efforts of the Autism Society Philippines, government officials, celebrities, and corporate partners ensure that the voices of those with autism are heard and that their needs are addressed on a national scale.

The image shows penalists, guests and viewers doing AOK signs.
Our AOK panelists, guests and viewers 

This advocacy event is organized by the Autism Society Philippines, the National Council on Disability Affairs, and SM Cares, in partnership with SM North EDSA, SM Cinema, and Our Home.


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