An­gels Walk for autism aware­ness set to­day

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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.

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