Seminar – Filipino Siblings of PWAs: Understanding and Responding to their Needs and the ABC’s of Organizing a SibsCamp


When & Where
27 April 2013
Asian Social Institute (ASI)
1518 Leon Ginto cor Escoda Sts., Malate, Manila

Speaker: Ms. Rosalyn Marie Gison Sorongon

Children with autism and their parents are often times the beneficiaries of different forms of intervention and support to help them understand, accept and deal with autism. But a family is also composed of other children, the siblings. Unfortunately, the siblings are left out or “forgotten” once their brother or sister is diagnosed. We may wonder what can be the effects of autism on these siblings. What are their experiences and how do they cope as siblings of person with autism (PWAs)? Unraveling their situation conveys the message that they are seen as equally important as that of their parents and siblings. Knowing their issues and/or concerns, needs and desires, and their aspirations encourage widening of perspective in viewing and understanding the unique circumstances they are in. This knowledge and understanding can pave ways for creating support services for siblings. Hopefully, as a result, siblings will be encouraged and empowered to accept and deal with the autism challenges in their lives. They can become staunch advocates for the realization of the rights of their siblings as well as the rights of person with disabilities.

The second part of the seminar will tackle the experiences of ASP and its chapters in organizing and implementing a SibsCamP (Siblings Camp Philippines). Camp implementers from the different chapters will share tips and their experiences in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a camp. A panel comprised of parents and siblings will share their insights and experiences on the impact of the sibscamp in their lives.

For more details, please contact ASP at 9266941/9298447 or click here to visit their blog.

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