SM Cares and the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) will kick off the 18th Autism Consciousness Week with the Angels Walk for Autism on January 19, 2014, at the MOA Arena from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. SM Cares, the mall-based division of SM Foundation implements corporate social responsibility initiatives specifically geared towards persons with disability (PWD), the youth, women, Overseas Filipino Workers, the elderly and the environment.
The Angels Walk for Autism traces its roots in 2007 as the springboard activity for the National Autism Consciousness Week celebration. Former President Fidel V. Ramos signed Presidential Proclamation 711 mandating to increase the public’s awareness on autism and for the provision of programs and services for persons with autism.
This annual event, which promotes the realization of the rights and welfare of persons with autism and their families, is conducted in partnership with the Autism Society Philippines. Every year, an awareness event is mounted in celebration of the Autism Consciousness Week, and this is supported by organizations from the various private sectors and the government. Activities like this provide an opportunity for communities to have a better understanding and appreciation of the needs of the differently-abled members of society.
SM has always ensured that all its malls provide a second home to families with special needs and offer sufficient accessibility for PWDs. These efforts have earned for SM the distinction of the most PWD-friendly mall in the country. In all SM malls, there are dedicated areas for parking and disembarking for PWDs, special restrooms, ramps, braille signages, designated areas for PWDs in theaters and dining rooms, as well as utilities within accessible height like pay phones and wash room sinks. Mall security guards and personnel are also trained to respond to the unique needs of PWDs.
The Angels Walk is open to the public. Regisration is free. To know more about the Angel’s Walk, you may call Jan Pena, President of the Autism Society of the Philippines, +632 9266941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 17, 2014