Angels Walk for autism awareness set today
IN line with the National Autism Consciousness Week celebration, the SM Cares and the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) and its Davao chapter are co-organizing the Angels Walk, a mall parade today, January 14, that seeks to further elevate the level of awareness and acceptance of the public for people with autism spectrum disorder.
During yesterday's Connect forum at SM Lanang Premier, Uswaldo Parrenas, ASP Davao chapter president cited that there is a very low awareness level of the public in people who is struggling with autism which is the result of social stigma in the society due to underlying belief that autism is a shameful case.
“A person with autism is often bullied. This is because the people around him don’t understand much about what he’s going through. Bullying often leads low self-esteem and sometimes depression,” Parrenas.
Their organization is working with different stakeholders in developing programs geared to raise awareness campaign to change the public perception and to work with children who has this disorder. He also invited schools to look into mechanisms to protect children living with autism.
Likewise they encouraged people to have open mind and learn to understand realities on the developmental disorder throug equipping students and teachers with knowledge, to create a better environment for everyone.
Autism disorder is a developmental disorder that refers to a range of difficulties in social, emotional and communication skills. It affects the way they communicate and interact with others. It affect their ability to function socially, whether at school, work, or in other areas of their lives.