Autism Society of Philippines Holds Largest Autism Advocacy Event in Asia

The Autism Society of the Philippines held its annual Angels Walk event, attracting 23,000 participants and raising awareness for autism acceptance and inclusion in the Philippines.

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Autism Society of Philippines Holds Largest Autism Advocacy Event in Asia

Autism Society of Philippines Holds Largest Autism Advocacy Event in Asia

The Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) held its annual Angels Walk event on April 16, 2024, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, celebrating Autism Acceptance Month. The event, organized in collaboration with SM Cares, is the largest autism advocacy event in Asia, with 23,000 participants, including persons with autism, their families, and advocates.

The event featured a talent showcase, recognition of ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awardees, and a walk from the MOA Arena to the SM MOA Entertainment Hall. The event has been held since 2000, with growing participation over the years, reflecting increased awareness, acceptance, and appreciation for the autism community.

The event was attended by ASP goodwill ambassador Miss Universe Philippines 2024 Michelle Dee, her mother Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, and Candy Pangilinan, a mother to a child with autism and ADHD.

Why this matters: The Angels Walk for Autism event serves as a platform for raising awareness, engaging the private sector, and advocating for the inclusion of autism initiatives in government social development programs. The growing participation in the event reflects the increasing recognition and support for the autism community in the Philippines and across Asia.

The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is hosting the annual Angels Walk for Autism event on April 21, 2024 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The event is a free advocacy event that has been held since 2007, celebrating milestones and showcasing the talents of individuals on the autism spectrum. Attendees are encouraged to bring printed or digital event tickets, wear ASP Angels Walk shirts, and bring group or family banners.

The ASP is a national non-profit organization working to empower individuals on the autism spectrum and support their families, with over 13,000 members across 100 chapters in the Philippines. "The walk has evolved into a platform for raising awareness, engaging the private sector, and advocating for the inclusion of autism initiatives in government social development programs," said an ASP representative.

Key Takeaways

  • ASP held annual Angels Walk event on April 16, 2024 in Pasay City.
  • Event attracted 23,000 participants, the largest autism advocacy event in Asia.
  • Event featured talent showcase, awards, and walk from MOA Arena to SM MOA.
  • Event serves as platform to raise awareness and advocate for autism inclusion.
  • ASP to host 2024 Angels Walk event on April 21 at Mall of Asia Arena.