GROWING UP AUTISTIC: GAINING KNOWLEDGE, GAINING SKILLS
A symposium for families and other advocates of persons with autism
On Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Ateneo Law School in Rockwell, Makati, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Association for Adults with Autism Philippines (AAAP) will hold its 5th annual symposium.Department of Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn R Ubial, M.D., will be the Keynote speaker. She will present the Philippine government’s initiatives for meeting the autism challenge and the experiences and findings by her team of Filipino researchers from the first Philippine epidemiological study of autism.Dr. Lirio Covey, Ph.D., President of AAAP and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University will discuss recent findings indicating the neuro-diversity of autism and its implications on families’ and societal management of autism.The philosophies, goals, and features of leading special education schools in the Manila area will be presented and discussed with the audience by the respective program heads:Abelardo Apollo David, Jr of the Independent Learning Living Center; Ma. Rosario Joaquin of Shine Intervention; Ericson Perez of One World School; Rizalina Ochoa of Anima Christi Center for Learning and Human Development; Ma. Yolanda-Abundo of The Learning Center; Dayal Nandwandi of Stepping Stones. Employment, social, and art initiatives for persons with special needs will be presented by: Rhodora Fresnedi-Palomar of United Lab Foundation’s Project Inclusion; Michelle Aventajado of Best Buddies Philippines; Catherine Cham of Vico’s Artism Gallery.
Family members and friends of persons with autism and other special needs, educators, developmental clinicians, caregivers, and other advocates are invited to attend. Pre-registration (before October 1, 2016)=Php 1000; On-site registration=Php 2000; students (with ID)=Php500. For more information, contact Christine Siruelo, AAAP Board Corp Secretary, at 0917-881-2836; Cathy Cham, AAAP Vice President, at 0917-500-7760; or email AAAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.