Thursday, January 24, 2008

Autism Awareness in the Philippines

According to a news item I just came accross, proclamation No. 711 declares every third week of January as Autism Consciousness Week in the Philippines. I guess they mean the third full week as this year Autism Conciousness Week started on January 20 and will end with a walk on January 27. The Department of Education's Special Education Division teamed up with other government agencies for the week-long celebration titled Hope Abounds. The Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) and the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) also was expected to participate. Events planned for the week included a painting contest, a free therapy session and an autism awareness walk.

Every now and then I ponder over autism, its prevalance, and awareness of the disorder in other parts of the world besides North America, Europe and Australia. I am also on a committee planning currently planning activities for autism awareness month in April at Central Michigan University, so I suppose that is why this particular news item caught my eye today.

We, too, are planning to end our activities with an awareness walk. I guess a march of sorts is a no-brainer of a grand finale. I am looking forward to the one we have planned. It never occurred to us to have a theme like "Hope Abounds," but I like the idea. Maybe next year...

2 comments:

Casdok said...

Awareness activities sound like fun!!

J said...

Yep, and there are a lot of possibilities...