The Autism Society Philippines is one with the nation in celebrating the 25th Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week to be held from 18 to 24 January 2021. This annual observance was made possible by President Fidel Ramos' Proclamation 711 of 1996 – in inspiring acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of persons on the autism spectrum in society. The activities of the week promote action by the public and private sectors towards enabling persons on the autism spectrum to live with dignity, enjoy equal rights and access, function independently and contribute productively. We would like society to strive beyond “awareness” and to inspire genuine inclusion -- through acceptance, accommodation and appreciation!
This year’s theme, “Pilipinong May Autismo: Kakaiba, Kasali, Konektado” intends to further societal awareness on the uniqueness of Filipinos on the spectrum; inclusive development in human rights, education, employment, media, among others; and individual self-awareness, self-expression and feeling of belonging to a compassionate society.