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 March 2024

Family Support Group for the month of March 2024

Date: 9 March 2024, Saturday
Time: 10:00am

Register here to get the zoom link:
Deadline of registration is 8 March 2024, Friday at 12nn.

The image shows three in a family shows happiness with touching their right face. There two moderators named Ms. Joyla Ofrecia and Elizabeth Udquin shown at the left.
Family Support Group Poster

ASPs family support group sessions bring together parents, siblings, and other family members to talk about their journey in living with autism. Participants share their experiences and draw enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges.

The Autism Society Philippines -- together with this month's host, ASP Manila -- welcome members and non-members, bound by a common experience that is autism. We aspire to educate, empower and inspire to help build an Autism-OK Philippines.

IMPORTANT: Send us an email via if you have not received your Zoom credentials by 8 March 2024, Friday at 1pm. Please do not share your link — only one device per name shall be accepted.

Our Moderators:

Maria Joyla Ofrecia empowers families in the care and instruction of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as a valuable resource to the ASP Early Detection and Early Intervention Program, ASP Education Committee and the ASP HOMEpowerment Program. She organizes and mentors ASP chapters towards good governance and sustainability as the ASP Cluster Governor.

Her eldest is Juris, a young man on the autism spectrum. She has been a hands-on mother and, for more than 15 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other center-based interventions not just for her own son but also for other children on the spectrum.

Beth Udquin, a dedicated public school teacher and guidance counselor at Teodoro R. Yangco Elementary School, extends her commitment beyond the classroom, serving as the Gender and Development Coordinator, National Drug Education Chairman, and Secretary of the T. R. Yangco E.S. Faculty Club. She also plays a crucial role as the Child Protection Focal Person at the school.

She earned 18 units for a Teaching Certificate for Professional Teacher from EARIST, where she successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Currently pursuing a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling at EARIST, Beth combines her educational background with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from PUP.

As a mother of two children on the autism spectrum, Cholo and Tristan, Beth's personal experiences drive her advocacy for autism awareness. Her stories, featured in Orange County, Manila Bulletin, The Bottom Line with Boy Abunda, and Istorya at UNTV Channel 37, resonate with others facing similar challenges. Beth actively serves as a resource person in various autism awareness talks, seminars, and conferences, playing a pivotal role as the BOT ASP National from 2012-2014. She also founded the ASP UP CAMP Manila chapter in 2010, holding key positions within the chapter from 2010 to the present.


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