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On-the-Spot Drawing with Vico Cham

6 Jan

Vico Cham’s attention to detail is apparent in his unique hand sketches.  He captures unique features of his subjects with a slight motion of his colored tools which are kept in immaculate order.  His first solo art exhibit, “Colors of Autism”, was held in 2010 at SM Marikina.

Meet Vico.

AAAP on “Healing Thresholds”

4 Jan

AAAP’s “A Special Place” was the topic of a recent article on “Healing Thresholds“. “Healing Thresholds” is a free website dedicated to healing the lives of families touched by autism. It provides comprehensive therapy fact sheets, daily updates of research and news, and a global directory of autism therapists.

Philippine Autism Group to Start Work on Residential Housing for Adults with Autism
Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 – 13:12

Parents of young adults with autism in the Philippines are beginning to plan for their children’s future. The parents understand that not only will they not be around forever, but that their young adults should have the opportunity to lead independent lives. Lirio Covey got the ball rolling after an essay she wrote, “Living with Autism”, appeared in the local paper. The group, now called Association for Adults with Autism, Philippines (AAAP), is working on their first project – A Special Place – that will be residential group homes in a “farmstead model”, based on group homes in New York. Along with homes, there will be work opportunities weaving or growing vegetables. In addition, there will be recreation areas, a library, theatre, and basketball court. A Special Place will start with 3 homes for 18 adults.

The pioneers of AAAP dream of a place where our special loved ones can have fun, be productive and have a nurturing home, long after we are gone. (Photo by C. Villacorta)

Living with Autism

2 Jan

For most of the pioneer members of the AAAP based in the Philippines, this article, penned by Lirio Covey, our organization’s President and Executive Director, was the germ of it all. Since it first appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 25 June 2011, parents from all over the country echoed Lirio’s hopes to provide a loving residential community where our children with ASD can thrive long after we are gone.  This article was also reprinted in the Autism Society of the Philippines website.

When my firstborn was not quite four months old, his first nanny had delighted me with the comment, “You have a precocious son.” And so it was that Billy became a source of family pride with his growing social, physical and mental prowess.

So imagine what a shocking blow it was when several years later, Dr. Isabelle Rapin, a noted neurologist in New York, gently told me that our second son Mikey, then 3, had what she termed “a brain disorder” and would likely need supervision throughout his life.

This very general diagnosis followed an earlier labeling of my child that should have been unnerving, but was not at the time. Looking back, I was probably refusing to acknowledge the observation of family and friends, and the doctors’ eventual findings.

Mikey, then and now. (Photos contributed by L. Covey)

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