The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to persons on the autism spectrum and their families. 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.

About ASP

The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization working towards an environment that empowers persons on the autism spectrum disorder to become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of an Autism-OK Philippines. ASP labors to establish institutional mechanisms to support persons on the autism spectrum and their families. Established in 1989, the organization -- composed of 13,000 members spread over 97 chapters -- has been in the forefront of providing services to families and individuals affected with autism. In 2013, ASP was a recipient of the coveted Gawad Apolinario Mabini -- an award conferred to institutions and individuals with noteworthy contributions to the disability community. ASP served as the Chair of the ASEAN Autism Network from 2016-2017.

We envision an environment that empowers persons on the autism spectrum to become, to the best of their potentials, self-reliant, productive and socially accepted members of an Autism-OK Philippines. Towards this, we commit ourselves to the establishment of institutional mechanisms to support persons on the autism spectrum and their families.

The Autism Society Philippines aims ...
... to promote public awareness on autism;
... to act as a support group for families of children and adults on the autism spectrum;
... to provide referral services identifying appropriate educational and medical expertise and facilities;
... to network with other organizations, institutions and professionals working for the promotion of legislation and public programs for persons with disabilities;
... to initiate or assist in the creation of appropriate programs for persons on the autism spectrum and their families;
... to promote the implementation and monitoring of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

ASP Programs and Services

ASP designs programs primarily for the support of families and individuals who live with autism. It conducts regular family support groups meetings, sibling support and workshops, seminars and trainings on various topics, early detection and intervention consultancy, free community-based therapy services and sharing of the scientific updates.

The society delivers education and training for the benefit of allied medical professionals and educators. Using of global network of advocates, ASP conducts regular monthly seminars on topics relevant to the family’s education and therapy partners in the development of an individuals on the autism spectrum.

The society is a prime mover in autism advocacy in the Philippines. ASP spearheads many of the celebrations during the annual celebration of the National Autism Awareness Week and the World Autism Awareness Day.

Social Development Programs and Campaigns

The ASP HOMEpowerment Program. This program offers accessible therapy to children on the autism spectrum from indigent families, under the age of 8. The program is composed of occupational, speech and non-traditional therapy sessions. Parents will also receive training on how to apply and continue the interventions for their child at home. This offering was made possible by the generous donation of private sector partners.

The ASP Autism Works. ASP Autism Works creates genuine, sustainable economic empowerment opportunities in compassionate workplaces nationwide. First launched in 2016 as an employment initiative, ASP's CBR-inspired model empowers persons on the autism spectrum and their families towards success at work and guides the enterprise towards a sustainable process of assimilating persons with autism into the workforce. Team members and leaders are given the necessary sensitivity training to guide them through the persons on the autism spectrum employee’s tenure. Aside from work placement, the program provides other productive opportunities:

... ASP AutisMALL Pilipinas is a virtual marketplace for products and services by and for persons on the autism spectrum, managed by the Autism Society Philippines. This is a laboratory for budding entrepreneurs to bring their products to market. Visit: https://shopee.ph/autismphils

... ASP Employability Training bridges skills of persons on the autism spectrum to a level required by industry through coaching and hard skills training. Partners: Accenture (NCR), A Child's DREAM (Benguet), Communicare (NCR), Harvest of Hope (Quezon), Hopewell School (Cavite), ILLC (NCR), The Learning Center (NCR), Kite String Developmental Center (Cebu), and RICAFI (Davao)

... ASP Project ChocolatA (pronounced cho-ko-lat-'ey) is a sheltered workshop where persons on the autism spectrum are trained in making chocolate truffles. The sales of these products sustain the salaries of the persons on the autism spectrum staff. Partners: Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Henkel Philippines

... ASP Project GourmA (pronounced gur-'mey) showcases the abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum in the food and restaurant industry, through dining experiences. Partners: College of Saint Benilde, Gourmet Gypsy

The ASP Angels Walk for Autism. Begun in 2007, this event has grown to be the single largest autism advocacy event in the country. It is held every year to kick off the National Autism Consciousness Week. In recent years, it has been hosted by the SM Program on Disability Affairs at the MOA Arena and attracted as much as 24,000 participants from the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam -- among them, leaders in government and the private sector. The event has been echoed in 23 cities across the country -- Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Lucena, Naga, Ormoc, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Fernando (La Union), Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Valenzuela, Virac, and Zamboanga.

1Pangako. Launched in 2013, this social media campaign calls for a personal promise to act to stop the derogatory use of the word "autistic" and to promote the true acceptance and inclusion of Filipinos with disabilities, through a simple oath which participants are asked to recite verbally or post on their social media timeline. This “kindness campaign” has garnered approximately a million promises from all over the nation, as well as countries like Brunei and Malaysia.

A-OK Philippines. Launched in 2015, this movement sparked by the Autism Society Philippines, is designed for the welfare of the maturing population of Filipinos on the spectrum and hopes to inspire acceptance, accommodation and appreciation in universities, businesses and workplaces. The program aims to:
- Enable autism-friendly establishments
- Enable autism-compassionate workplaces
- Promote job transition specialists and coaches
- Promote professionals and freelancers on the spectrum
- Promote persons on the autism spectrum livelihood opportunities

The ASP Angel Corps. The ASP Angel Corps is the volunteer arm of the Autism Society Philippines. Hope, Act, Impact -- the rallying call for our volunteers -- echoes the essence of the autism advocacy movement. Volunteers contribute in very personal ways to programs driven by the ASP towards sustainable improvement of the lives of individuals on the autism and their families.
The ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards. Nicknamed the A5, this annual award aims to recognize individuals on the autism excelling at a national level or pioneering in their chosen field. Past A5 recipients include: Vell Baria (performance arts), Victor Cham (visual arts), Danica Escasinas (performance arts), Raymond Macasaet (athletics), Henry Enrique Munarriz (sports), Thara Marie Santiago (performance arts) and Carl Veluz (visual arts).

The Autism Family Prayer Jamboree. The annual PrayJam brings families who live with autism and disability advocates to gather on World Autism Awareness Day in prayerful celebration of life on the spectrum. This event features persons on the autism spectrum perform praise music on stage, punctuated by prayers from persons on the autism spectrum, siblings, parents, government officials, businesses and professionals. After the blessings, the historic Quezon Memorial Circle is bathed in blue light, in support of the global Light It Up Blue for Autism.

The ASP PueDays. Pronounced [pwe'-deys], these are activities that aim to provide enrichment for persons on the autism spectrum -- to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun -- in a happy, inclusive environment. ASP PueDays for Kids are suited for children and teens on the spectrum, aged 7 to 15 years old; while ASP Wednesday PueDays are suited for youth on the spectrum, 16 years old and up.

Philippine National Autism Conference. This bi-annual event is designed to provide information on developments relevant to allied medical professionals and community workers who work with autism. Most importantly, it is intended to help the growing community of parents, family members and individuals on the autism spectrum who are seeking answers, quality support and fellowship.

 
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