Before we all head up to pre-walk, a short program was held inside the Mall of Asia Arena. Guest performers from the Autism community showcase their talent in singing, dancing, and instrument playing. They have such amazing talents that some normal persons don't have and it's really a pleasure watching their live performance in the stage.
It is the society’s highest recognition, celebrating exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on advancing ASP’s vision of acceptance, accommodation, and appreciation of persons with autism in an Autism-OK Philippines. Beyond awareness, Mr. Sy’s leadership has inspired tangible, measurable action through the accomplishments of SM Cares. Hans T. Sy honored as the inaugural recipient of the ASP’s Leadership Award for Autism Inclusion and Welfare.
“Although many are aware of autism, very few people actually understand what it means to live life on the autism spectrum. SM Cares and ASP come together as a community to remind everyone that autism awareness and acceptance should be part of their everyday lives. Awareness is a good thing, but acceptance is far more meaningful,” said Engr. Bien Mateo, SVP of SM Supermalls and Program Director of SM Cares Program on PWD’s.
Over 20,000 participants families, professionals, supporters from the government and private sectors, from the Philippines and overseas are expected to join the annual walk from the MOA Arena to the SM MOA Music Hall. The walk is held with the support of the MOA Arena, SM Mall of Asia, National Council of Disability Affairs, ASEAN Autism Network and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.
The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization working towards an environment that empowers persons with autism spectrum disorder to become the best of their potentials self-reliant, productive and socially-accepted members of the community. ASP labors to establish institutional mechanisms to support persons with autism and their families. Established in 1989, the organization composed of 13,000 members spread over 96 chapters has been at the forefront of providing services to families and individuals affected with autism.
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