The Association for Adults with Autism, Philippines is an organization established by parents of individuals within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The organization aims to provide sustained enrichment opportunities and long-term care to individuals on the spectrum.  It will provide means to achieve personal growth, social interaction, and a cooperative life among their peers. AAAP is registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission as a  non-stock, non-profit corporation.

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  1. Whelma Orense 6 February 2012 at 23:08 #

    We would like to know if “A Special Place” is now fully operational? We are currently in search for an in house prevoc training for our son.

  2. Lirio S Covey 16 February 2012 at 03:08 #

    Dear Whelma,

    We are still in development. We have a launch on Feb 20, 6-8 p.m. at the Filipinas Heritage Library.

    Where are you located? There are some prevoc places in Manila that we can refer you to.


    Lirio Sobrevinas Covey

    • Cathy Cham 16 February 2012 at 08:03 #

      Hi Lirio,

      Interim while A Special Place is still in the making, I suggest we recommend Shine Special School where Vico is currently enrolled, they offer pre-vocational courses such as computer graphics, offce works and resto./ bar services. Address is 88 East Capitol Drive , Kapitolyo, Pasig City; tel. no. 477-5717 0r 5714.

      I.L.L.C. is another option.


    • The2ndgirl Nextdoor 3 August 2012 at 03:45 #

      Dear Lirio,

      I am looking for a boarding school/institution to put my 12-year-old autistic son, as I am already overwhelmed at taking care of him. He is currently enrolled in a day school (Anima Christi Center) here in Alabang, but since he has been throwing tantrums(shouting mostly) on the days he arrives late for his classes, his teachers has been complaining. I guess his behaviour disrupts his classmates. In lieu of A Special Place (looking forward to its completion though), can you suggest a boarding school for him? He is enrolled in Grade 4 now.

      Thank you so much.


    • Les 16 July 2018 at 06:06 #

      Hello me too also.need institution that would help my nephew to study and therapy at same time..can u suggest some institution that my nephew stay like a home at the same time study??? Near Here in manila thanks…

  3. whengmorense 16 February 2012 at 19:42 #

    Hi Mrs Covey,

    Congratulations on your upcoming launch. My family is currently residing in Riyadh, Saudi
    Arabia.Thanks for the information, we will appreciate your referral re:prevoc centers in Manila and rest assured, we will continue to keep to keep in touch..

    Thank you and more power!


    • Aldene Sup 29 April 2022 at 05:51 #

      Hi, Good Day! I have a brother who is diagnosed with Mild Autism spectrum disorder nong bata pa sya, after that hindi na po sya na-assess ulit or napacheck up pa due to financial issues. And now, we wanted na mapacheck up ulit sya kasi napapansin namin na may mga tics na sya, and madalas sya napapagalitan ng parents namin dahil hindi nila maintindihan ang case ng brother ko. I just want to ask if there are hospital or doctor na pwede nyo mairecommend para sa case ng brother ko for assessment and consultation? He is now 30years old. Thank you

  4. alma gonzales cruz 8 May 2012 at 09:15 #

    can you please enlighten me about gluten-free casein free diet. I have a son 20 year old son diagnosed with severe autism. He went to a special school who catered behavioral management for children with autism when he was age 4-9. But due to financial constraints we were not able to send him to school anymore. Can you please refer to us a Psychiatrist/Neourologist where we can bring Mikko for consultation regarding his epilepsy and unwanted behavior. Thank you and may God bless you..

    • Melanie 3 June 2012 at 01:22 #

      Hello alma. GFCF is gluten and casein-free. Proteins found in oats, wheat, barley, etc., and milk and dairy products. It is quite easy to follow in the Philippines since our diet is rice-based. The hard part is weaning your child off the regular diet. No bread, milk, non-GFCF ice cream, cookies, cakes, junk food, definitely no McDo, Jollibee, etc. I did it when my son was only 4yo so I was fully in control. I was stronger then so I wore him down. You know how strong they are. 🙂 At the start he refused of course, tantrums, screaming, crying and all, but I stood my ground. He didn’t eat for maybe almost 2 days but finally hunger and I won. He’s been on GFCF for more than 7 years now. You can start with our very now tinolang manok/baboy w papaya and malunggay, kansi, our usual soups! Eggs and rice for breakfast. Spareribs, pork chops, chicken for any meal of the day. Just spice w salt, pepper, kalamansi. Grilled or fried or soup. Definitely no noodles/spaghetti as they have wheat, unless rice noodles. Avoid sugars; makes them hyper. Rice becomes sugar – fyi lang. Go slow. He is 20yo. Not so easy to hold down. What does he usually eat?

  5. iylen 15 February 2014 at 04:54 #

    Hello AAAP.. i am so glad i found your website. I would like to know if AAAP is already functional. I don’t have a family member with autism but I am working to a family with autistic son. I would like to know if you are conducting seminars or trainings for the parents and the carer. I wish also to visit “A Special Place”.

  6. Aegyo Kawaii 애교 かわいい 15 April 2015 at 01:26 #

    Good morning. Do you offer diagnosing service for adults with suspected autism? I would like to be diagnosed, as I have suspected symptoms of autism. I was a former nurse who cannot understand verbal and nonverbal communication and I was forced to resign because my work is not suitable for me. I cannot understand social communication too and i usually make other people have burnout, especially my mother. I have few friends and an only short-term relationship which only lasted for 5 months and never had any other romances for 5 years. I don’t have empathy. Please help. Thank you.

    • Melissa 8 January 2016 at 15:44 #

      Have you seen a Dr yet?

      • Aegyo Kawaii 애교 かわいい 10 January 2016 at 12:41 #

        Hi! Sorry for the late reply. I’m sorry but I’m not a psychiatrist who offers diagnosis. I’m a nurse from the Philippines where we can’t practice diagnosing patients. I only write to reach out to all. But I do hope that you’ll be enlightened by reading my blog. Thank you for passing through my blog.

  7. mona tupas 30 April 2015 at 01:49 #

    helllo god day to you,
    i am a disabled and i have a son who is now 22 years old.he graduated in elementary and i enrolled him in a regular class as first year but due to his condition he often bein bullied and so traumas gets in till now.maam i wanted him to be a less dependent may i know how can i enroll him in your school?we are located in manila.

  8. Chelsea Sunga 6 May 2015 at 08:15 #

    Just want to ask if an outdoor fitness park for people with autism can be a good idea or possible?

  9. Maricor Llaneta 28 January 2017 at 22:13 #

    I’m glad I saw your article via fb. Me and my husband is struggling to find a place where we can get guidance for our son. Will you please help us.

    • Maricris 27 October 2017 at 15:23 #

      HI maam i work as caregiver i had almost 9 yrs of experience handling children with special needs first and foremost children with autism throw tantrums if they dont get what they want they used it as a way of communication if you tried the ABA way there is a techniques wherein for ex. Your child wants apple instead of giving him the apple just because he cried encourage him to ask for it properly before you give what he like if he tantrums and you gave it just because you want him to stop the next time he will repeat the same behavior because he recognized that he can get what he wants when he miss behave

  10. Aileen Salcedo 9 March 2017 at 23:21 #

    Hi. I would like to know on how to be part in your society? It is my 41 year old husband whom I suspected of having an Aspie. I am looking for a society like yours so that can help us with his condition. Thank you

    • Nica Olivia 6 August 2019 at 15:14 #

      Hi Aileen.

      Same here I want to be part of this society too. I suspect my husband is an aspie too. And I am in desperate need of someone who I can talk to about it.

      I want to know if there’s a psychologist or psychiatrist who can diagnose him.

  11. Danah Isidro 17 December 2017 at 15:04 #

    Hi! I am Danah Mae Isidro from Bulacan State University. In partial fulfillment of our subject Broadcast Research, we are currently taking our thesis entitled “ArtsVocacy: A Production and Evaluation Intended to Increase the Self-Esteem of Persons with Autism Disorder”. In line with this, can you help us where we can gather legit datas and information that will show statistics that the self-esteem of persons with autusm disorder is low and how many of them do attempt or think to end their life ? Thankyou! It would be a great help 🙂

  12. Vhernelize Cañizal 17 January 2019 at 17:39 #

    We would like to ask for your help in looking for caregiver-participants in our study entitled “Caregiving Practices of Filipinos for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”. As defined in our study, a caregiver is someone who provides direct care to the individual clinically diagnosed with autism, regardless whether the caregiver is a family member, relative, friend, therapist, etc.

    Further, he/she must be:
    ●at least 18 years old
    ●residing within Region III
    ●the primary caregiver who attends to the needs of the individual with autism for at least 4 hours a day
    ●experienced in providing care to individuals for at least 2 years

    I hope you may be able to help us po. Thank you.

  13. angeline 3 August 2022 at 13:53 #

    looking for permanent stay for a 33 years old male austic mentally retarded.

  14. Arlene Durante 2 February 2023 at 05:08 #

    May I know what is/ are the advantage/s of the group? Thank you

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