Sabado, Marso 9, 2019

Autism Advocacy Leaders converge at the Angels Walk for Autism

“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.” ~Engr. Bien Mateo, SVP of SM Supermalls and Program Director of SM Cares Program on PWD’s
Angels Walk for Autism
SM Cares presents Angels Walk for Autism 2019, the largest autism advocacy event in Asia, to advocate for acceptance, accommodation, and appreciation of persons with autism towards an Autism-OK society. The Autism Society Philippines (ASP), together with SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Since it began in 2007, just recently held the annual Angels Walk for Autism last March 3, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Over 20,000 participants -- families, professionals, supporters from the government and private sectors, from the Philippines and overseas joined the annual walk from the MOA Arena to the SM MOA Music Hall.

Angels Walk for Autism

This year’s Angels Walk for Autism celebrates our country’s legacy of strong leaders that have brought the autism advocacy forward -- for the last 30 years, across 97 chapters, with 13,000 members -- and have become the foundation on which the next generation of leaders will build the future.

Angels Walk for Autism
Hans T. Sy will be honored as the inaugural recipient of the ASP’s Leadership Award for Autism Inclusion and Welfare. 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.

The festivities include acts from special guests and performers on the autism spectrum and a special presentation on ASP’s milestones since its foundation in 1989.
Angels Walk for Autism
Angels Walk for Autism
Angels Walk for Autism
Angels Walk for Autism
Angels Walk for Autism
The pre-walk program led by Ms. Dang Koe, ASP Chair Emeritus and the inaugural ASEAN Prize Laureate 2018. The ASEAN Prize aims to recognize inspiring achievements and contributions that foster the ASEAN identity, promote the ASEAN spirit, and champion the ASEAN way. ASP is among the active movers behind the ASEAN Autism Network and the ASEAN Mapping Project.
“FVR’s leadership opened the doors for the government agencies and private institutions to begin the path towards genuine inclusion of persons on the autism spectrum. His administration’s disability inclusive policies have put the Philippines ahead of our ASEAN neighbors in advocating for persons with autism and other invisible disabilities.” ~Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President
Angels Walk for Autism
Angels Walk for Autism
ASP awarded the Autism Works Partners of the Year honors to Dohtonbori Philippines, a Japanese casual dining pioneer and to Willis Towers Watson, a global leader in risk management and consultancy, for their unwavering commitment to the creation of productive opportunities for job seekers with autism.

The program includes the presentation of the annual ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards to:

  • Samantha Pia Cabanero (for Advocacy)
  • Eduardo Enrique Munarriz (for Athletics)
  • Carlo Gregorio Veluz (for Visual Arts)

It will also incorporate the induction of the new ASP Board of Trustees, composed of parent advocates; and the first set of officers of the ASP Self-Advocates Circle, composed of adults with autism.

Angels Walk for Autism
 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.

Angels Walk for Autism
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The walk continues to advocate for acceptance, accommodation, and appreciation of Filipinos with autism towards an Autism-OK Philippines.



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