Various activities set for Autism Consciousness Month in Bacolod

BACOLOD CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA) — Various activities have been set for the observance of the Autism Consciousness Month in this city this January.

The events are being organized by the Bacolod City SPED Center, in coordination with the Department of Education, the City Department of Social Services and Development, and City Health Office and the Rotary Club of Bacolod-East.

Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, who chairs the committee on family, and child care and development, said the Autism Awareness and Support Advocacy Program has been institutionalized in Bacolod to motivate the full participation and involvement of the families of the children in their rehabilitation activities.

Verdeflor authored City Ordinance No. 651 otherwise known as “An Ordinance Establishing An Institutionalized Autism Awareness and Support Advocacy Program for Children with Autism and Special Needs in the City of Bacolod” passed by the City Council in June last year.

The ordinance also promotes measures to discover and maximize the development of their skills and potentials to prepare them to become useful and productive adults, she added.

Among the activities are: Jan. 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mini Special Olympics for Children with Autism; Jan. 17, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Family Day at La Salle-Granada Eco Park; Jan. 18, 10 a.m. On-The-Spot Poster Making Contest at MassKara Hall 3, Bacolod Government Center; Jan. 25, 9 a.m. medical check-up for children with autism and special Needs at the Bays Center.

Also held earlier were the Angels Walk/Parade, Public and Parent Awareness about Autism, Field Trip at the Pizza Hut for pizza-making activity, and at the Negros Forest and Ecological Park. (PNA)