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Article Source: Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO)
Contact Details: Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006
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About 15,000 advocates to join the 2015 Angels Walk for Autism!

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) supports the Angels Walk, a kick-off event on the observance of 19th National Autism Consciousness Week (NACW) on January 25, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City with the theme “Autism Inclusive Philippines: Aim High! Fly High!” which aimed to protect and promote the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder.

The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) in partnership with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) organized the activity with an estimated of about 15,000 to participate based on the registration on-line. The first ever attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Record on the largest crowd wearing angels’ wings as a symbolic gesture of solidarity and hope to inspire awareness, acceptance and inclusion of persons with autism (PWAs) in society and to promote action by the public and private sectors towards enabling PWAs to live with dignity, enjoy equal rights and access, function independently and contribute productively.

A global estimates in 2014 from World Health Organization on human population showed a high prevalence of autism with a ratio of 1:68, which means that in a population of 68 individuals, one (1) is affected with it. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or simply “autism,” is a lifelong development disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and results from neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children in many countries. With this alarming prevalence, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in all regions of the world needs attention and measures have to be taken to raise awareness on autism throughout the society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention with the development challenges along health and nutrition, education, training and intervention programs.

NACW is a long-week observance with otheractivities such as: 1) Isang Bansa, Isang Pangako (Flag Raising Ceremony) by the Local Government Units Nationwide on January 26, 2015; 2) Arts Workshop for Children with Autism at DILG Building, Quezon City on January 26, 2015; 3) Forum on Assistive and Emphatic Technologies for Persons with Autism at De la Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila on January 27, 2015; 4) Forum on Employment of Young Adults with Autism at Manila Jockey Club, Carmona, Cavite and Autism Angels Take Flight at NAIA 3 on January 28, 2015; 5) “Quiz A” at NORFIL Foundation, #16 Mother Ignacia St., Corner Roxas Ave., Quezon City and “AuTama! Trivia Night” at Puzzle Café at Blueridge, Quezon City on January 30, 2015; 6) “Artismo: Kulay at Himig ng Autismo”/Closing Ceremony at SM Aura, Global City, Taguig City and “Alyana” Film Showing in Taguig City on January 31, 2015.


For further inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO)
Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006

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