In observance with National Autism Consciousness Week, the Department of Education (DepEd) has mandated all public and private elementary and secondary schools to have activities celebrating public awareness of children and people with autism.
The theme, “From Awareness to Acceptance, Accommodation and Appreciation,” was celebrated from January 14 to January 20.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the directive does not just aim to develop awareness on ‘problems of persons with autism,’ it’s also meant to elevate an environment that will support them to function with dignity and independence.
This is pursuant to the DepEd Memo No. 17 series of 2018 — following the Presidential Proclamation No. 711 or “Declaring the Third Week of January as Autism Consciousness Week.”
The roll-out of activities included Special Education (SPED) centers and schools doing events like talks and media announcements to impart knowledge among continuing programs for children and persons with autism through public and private partnerships.
The week-long commemoration also had art workshops, contests, and forums.