“Growing Up with Autism: Journeys of Love, Devotion, and Hope”

15 Nov

A collection of narratives from 10 Filipino mothers and fathers of persons with autism was launched last October 22, 2016, in connection with the 5th Annual Symposium held by the Association for Adults with Autism Philippines at the Ateneo Law School in Rockwell Center, Makati, Manila.

The parent contributors wrote of their experiences, emotional trajectory, and life-changing decisions as they adapted to their child’s special condition. This anthology is the first of its kind from Filipino parents. Lirio S Covey, Ph.D. was the editor and a parent contributor. “Butterflies”, the art work on the book cover is by Matthew Aragon, a young man with autism, in collaboration with his art teacher, Lawrence Raya.

In the foreword, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Carandang, Ph.D., National Social Scientist of the Republic of the Philippines, writes – the book is a MUST READ for all parents and professionals”.

Philippine Secretary of Health Dr. Paulyn Rosell Ubial, M.D. wrote the following in her endorsement – “This is a heartwarming and inspiring book of the journey of families challenged by raising a child with autism. The book is a testament to the timeless value of inclusive societies and humanity bonding for special and differently abled individuals! It gives hope and inspiration for all that being different is not a fault but a blessing to most individuals and their families”.

Books may be purchased by calling 63-917-881-2836 for orders, or emailing adultautismphil@gmail.com, and are available for immediate sale at Vico’s Artism Gallery, 51-A West Capitol Drive, Pasig, Metro Manila.

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