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

Onwards to an Autism-OK ASEAN

Angels Walk 2016, MOA Arena
Autism is a lifelong developmental exceptionality, which may challenge an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize and adapt to the world around him.  One in 100 Filipinos are on the autism spectrum, translating to approximately 1.2 million of our countrymen living with autism today.

The Autism Society Philippines is one with the nation in celebrating the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week (NACW) to be held from 5 to 11 February 2017. This annual observance was made possible by President Fidel Ramos' Proclamation 711 of 1996 – in inspiring awareness, acceptance and inclusion of persons with autism (PWAs) in society and in promoting action by the public and private sectors towards enabling PWAs to live with dignity, enjoy equal rights and access, function independently and contribute productively.

This year's theme "Onwards to an Autism-OK ASEAN" is a multi-sectoral call for making the changes needed to build an autism-inclusive global society, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. For the welfare of a maturing population of people with on the spectrum, care for persons with autism must transition from the confines of the home and school to universities, businesses and workplaces. We hope to inspire awareness, acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of autism in all sectors of society.

Public and private institutions are encouraged to spearhead creative activities, events and programs around autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion.

Advocacy Toolkits

Template for the National Autism Consciousness Week Banner

21st Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week
Calendar of National Activities

04 February 2017 | Saturday

Colors of "A" Spectrum Photo-Workshop (By Invitation)
Time:  7:00 am - 12:00 nn  | Venue: MOA Arena
Organizers: ASP, Adphoto, Foto Klase sa Kalye, Canon

This workshop, which has been running nationwide, aims to teach young adults with autism skills in photography for the purpose of building vocation-worthy skills.  The photographers will be working side-by-side with volunteer mentors from Foto Klase sa Kalye; with the intention of capturing the Angels Walk for Autism the next day.

05 February 2017 | Sunday

Angels Walk for Autism (Public)
Time:  7:00 am - 12:00 nn  | Venue: Mall of Asia Arena
Organizers: ASP, SM Cares, MOA Arena, NCDA, APCD, AAN, Department of Foreign Affairs, NACW National Working Group
Target Audience: Families of Persons with Autism, Schools, Universities, Companies, LGUs, Government Agencies
InfoFB Event Page | Register for FREE tickets | Order T-shirt

The largest autism advocacy event in the Philippines, since 2007, where an estimated 16,000 advocates will celebrate diversity and walk for autism acceptance and inclusion.  The event will feature:

- Performances from the NU Pep Squad and talented PWA performers
- Awarding of the ASP Autism Achievement Angel Awards (A5) to PWAs who have excelled in international and national competitions.
- Signing in of the new trustees of the Autism Society Philippines and the Philippine Society of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics

6 February 2017 | Monday

1Bansa, 1Pangako (Public)
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am | Venue: Nationwide
Organizers: ASP, NACW National Working Group
Target Audience: LGUs, Government agencies, Schools, Universities, Companies
InfoAdvocacy toolkit -- includes downloadable presentation slides, video, music, script.

A nationwide recitation of ASP's 1Pangako pledge -- a promise to encourage positive disability stereotypes and to end the use of "autistic" as a slur -- after the morning flag ceremonies at public facilities. These will be held at:

- Carmona, Cavite, with ASP Carmona (20 January 2017)
- Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation with ASP National (23 January 2017)
- Quezon City, NCR, with ASP Diliman
- San Fernando, Pampanga, with ASP CSFP

7 February 2017 | Tuesday

"The Autism Advantage Employer Forum" (By Registration)
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 am | Venue: Kaban ng Hiyas, Mandaluyong City Hall Complex, Maysilo Circle
Organizers: ASP, Local Government of Mandaluyong, Leonard Cheshire Foundation, NACW National Working Group
Target Audience: Inclusive Employers

The Autism Advantage Employer Forum aims to explore best practices and to share initiatives by government and private organizations, which have achieved success in the assimilating individuals with autism into their workforce. Resource speakers will share their learnings in the areas of recruitment, performance management, off-boarding, retention, among others. Transition support institutions will also share their experience on how to best introduce neurodiversity in organizations.

8 February 2017 | Wednesday

"Understanding Autism: Diagnosis and Intervention"
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00pm | Venue: Bulwagang Amoranto, QC City Hall
Organizers: AAAP

9 February 2017 | Thursday

"Forum on Managing Challenging Behavior in Autism" (Postponed)
This forum will discuss medical approaches and support practices towards understanding aggression and self-injury among individuals with autism and how to best advocate for understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

10 February 2017 | Friday

"Friendship, Love and Romance" (By Registration)
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 am | Venue: Innovation Center, Miriam College, Quezon City
Organizers: ASP, Local Government of Quezon City, UP College of Education, Miriam College (TBC), Ateneo SPEED (TBC), NACW National Working Group
Target Audience: Youth with autism, University Students

This event features a talk to help youth and adults with autism maneuver the difficult world of friendship, love and romance. This will be followed by a Valentine-version of AU-Tama -- an inclusive pop culture game show for PWAs and university students.

NCR Sportsfest for PWAs (By Registration)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm | Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
Organizers: NCDA, PACLD, NCH, DOH, DepEd, PSC, PARM and LGUs

11 February 2017 | Saturday

"Artismo*: Kulay at Kwento ng Autismo (By Registration)
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 am | Venue: Performance Arts and Recreation Center, San Juan
Organizers: ASP, University of the Philippines, CWC, Philippine Coalition on Children with Disabilities, NACW National Working Group
Target Audience: General Public, ASP Members

The closing ceremonies for the National Autism Consciousness Week features an inclusive and collaborative art workshop, followed by a one-act play performed by individuals with autism.

*Artismo is the culture and arts platform of the Autism Society Philippines.

21st Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week
Calendar of Local Activities

Mandaluyong NACW Ceremonies (By Invitation)
Date: 16 January 2017, Monday
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am | Venue: Mandaluyong City Hall Multi-Purpose Gym
Organizers: Local Government of Mandaluyong

Orientation on Autism (By Invitation)
Date: 21 January 2017, Saturday
Venue: Senior Citizens’ Center, Myrna Panlilio St. BF Resort Village, Brgy. Talon Dos
Organizers: Las Pinas PWD Federation

Angels Walk 2017 @Lucena (Public)
Date: 21 January 2017, Saturday
Venue: Perez Park to SM City Lucena
Organizers: ASP Lucena

Understanding Autism: A Bridge to a Better Life (By Invitation)
Dates: 30-31 January 2017, Monday | Venue: General Trias City Hall
Organizers:  ASP GenTri, CSWD GenTri
Overview:  This two-day affair includes a sensitivity seminar, a talk on the fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a family support group session.

Angels Walk 2017 @Iloilo (Public)
Date: 4 February 2017, Saturday
Venue: SM City Iloilo
Organizers: ASP Iloilo

Angels Walk 2017 @Davao (Public)
Date: 5 February 2017, Sunday
Venue: SM City Davao
Organizer: ASP Davao City

EngagED: Talks for Social Good #Autism Feels (by Registration)
Date: 7 February 2017, Wednesday
Venue: De la Salle College of Saint Benilde
Organizers: ASP Sta. Rosa, DLS-CSB
Info: Facebook Page | FREE Tickets

PWA Parents' Forum (CWAs (Public)
Date: 8 February 2017, Thursday
Venue: SM City Davao
Organizer: ASP Davao City

Love Transforms #projectgourmA
Date: 11 February 2017, Saturday
Venue: Farm Shed, Hacienda Sta. Elena, Sta Rosa, Laguna
Organizer: ASP Sta. Rosa
Info: Facebook Page

Colors of a Spectrum Photography Workshop (by Invitation)
Dates: 11-12 February 2017, Saturday-Sunday
Venue: Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Organizers: ASP Baguio, Adphoto, Philippines Air Force (GAC)

21st Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week
Media Communications Plan

CNN: Serbisyo All Access
16 January 2017, Monday, 1100H
Guests: Mona Magno-Veluz (ASP National President)

Manila Bulletin: Advertorial for Angels Walk
22 January 2017, Sunday

Philippine Star: Advertorial for Angels Walk
24 January 2017, Tuesday

DZRH: Rapido Hataw Balita
01 February 2017, Wednesday, 0615H

DZRH: Radio Natin Nationwide
01 February 2017, Wednesday, 0740H

TV5: Alagang Kapatid
02 February 2017, Thursday, 1100H

Net25: Agila Balita
03 February 2017, Friday, 1200H
Guest: TBD

TV5: Metro Sabado
04 February 2017, Saturday, 1100H
Guests: Erlinda Koe (ASEAN Autism Network, Chairman)


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