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Rappler Talk: A message to #WhenElaiMetBoyet on its social media post

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Advocates encourage celebrities to stop using people on the spectrum for entertainment

To the moon and beyond: Life as a teacher of children with autism

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'It took years of tears, readings, and failures for me to understand that all that these children need is our genuine, unconditional love,' says teacher Jolo Lagman

Our Ausome Anton: A mother’s journey with her son on the autism spectrum

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:52 AM

'Our Anton was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I remember crying, but not a lot. From denial, I went straight to acceptance,' says Nonie Tobias-Azores

IN PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas 2019 candidates join celebration of World Autism Day

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The Smart Araneta Coliseum turns blue in celebration of World Autism Day

Photo courtesy of Araneta Center

Large study again confirms MMR vaccine does not cause autism

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:51 AM

This study follows more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child's risk of autism

A child reacts during a Philippine Read Cross Measles Outbreak Vaccination Response in Baseco compound, a slum area in Manila on February 16, 2019. - A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

WATCH: Pinoys invent app to help kids with autism

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Named Emerald District, the app aims to bridge health practitioners and people with autism

Screenshot from Rappler

This #HackSociety idea could change the lives of kids with autism

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Henry Lachica, Nesty Tumbaga, and John Chua want to launch an app that connects parents of children with autism to health practitioners, tracks autistic children's progress, and provides them with their own learning tools

#HackSociety pitching on October 30, 2018.

Filipina autism awareness advocate wins first-ever ASEAN Prize

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Erlinda Uy Koe's achievement has brought 'tremendous pride and great honor' to the Philippines, says Malacañang

How inclusion empowers artists with autism

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The products’ designs are seen to spark hope for people with special needs by including them in this endeavor

Mengenali cara berinteraksi dengan anak berkebutuhan khusus

Aug 10, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Berinteraksi dengan anak berkebutuhan khusus memiliki kiat kiat tersendiri Apa saja?

Surat terbuka dari ibu anak berkebutuhan khusus untuk para perisak

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Bagaimana perjuangan seorang ibu membesarkan anak berkebutuhan khusus di tengah maraknya kasus bullying di lingkungan sekitar?

'Sesame Street' to tackle autism with new muppet

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Meet Julia a Sesame Street muppet with autism

My jeepney ride with Loribeth

Dec 04, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The story of how a person with autism guided me in commuting in a city I don t know

LGU empowers persons with autism through employment

Nov 13, 2016 - 4:14 PM

The municipal hall of Carmona Cavite has been employing persons with autism since April 2015 inspiring their coworkers and the community

MENTOR. Computer technician Bernie Levardo trains Raychan Matieros on troubleshooting. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Amid challenges, artists with special needs shine

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:40 AM

A look at the inspiring work of talented Filipino artists with autism or special needs

WORKING TOGETHER. This is the result of a collaboration between Lorenzo 'Enzo' Medina with Saturday Group artists Buds Convocar, Ding Hidalgo, Rose Gisbert, and Robert Deniega. Photo courtesy of Rachel Harrison

'Sesame Street' introduces first character with autism

Oct 22, 2015 - 1:44 PM

Julia the children s show s newest character is part of the initiative Sesame Street and Autism: See All in Amazing Children

MEET JULIA. 'Sesame Street' introduces their first character with autism for their initiative, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children. Screengrab from Facebook/SesameWorksho

Miss Possibilities: Where every girl gets a crown

Oct 21, 2015 - 6:03 PM

As the first pageant for girls with special needs in Asia Miss Possibilities celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of each participant


Oct 18, 2015 - 3:10 PM

A musical tale about autism Based on a true story

WATCH: 7-year-old piano prodigy plays Taylor Swift medley

Aug 21, 2015 - 6:18 PM

Jacob Velazquez catches Taylor s attention with his medley of songs from her 1989 album

BIGGEST FAN. Jacob Velazquez is Taylor Swift's biggest fan. Screengrab from YouTube/Jacob Velazquez

Hentikan penggunaan kata ‘autis’ sebagai hinaan

Jul 31, 2015 - 7:06 PM

Menggunakan kata autis sebagai ejekan hanya akan menyakiti mereka yang memilikinya

Graphic by Mara Mercado

WHO: Countries must plan for 'common' mental disorders

Oct 15, 2014 - 9:04 AM

The World Health Organization WHO identifies depression suicide autism and dementia as priorities in tackling mental health challenges – disorders that countries health care systems need to plan how to handle

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

Aug 23, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Researchers at New York s University of Columbia were able to re establish the brain s pruning mechanism in mice which were genetically modified to simulate autism using a drug called rapamycin

More than words

Jun 22, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Building relationships should be based on genuine human connection not just some casual dialogue

Graphic by Mara Mercado

Augmented communication through Tom Taps

May 10, 2014 - 6:24 PM

Seer Technologies Tom Taps app provides kids with autism with new ways to express their thoughts and emotions using technology

TOM TAPS. The Tom Taps logo. All screenshots taken from inside Tom Taps app.

Study: Autism risk is half genetic, half environmental

May 04, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Genes and environmental factors both play a role in the causes of autism

DSWD to raise autism awareness through family forum

Apr 01, 2014 - 3:31 PM

In celebration of the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 Autism Hearts Foundation and DSWD are set to finalize the Memorandum of Agreement for this initiative

One in 68 kids has autism: US study

Mar 28, 2014 - 7:36 AM

One in 68 children in the US has autism according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ONE IN 68. Sawyer Whitely who is autistic, holds the contoller as he plays selected games on a Microsoft X-box Kinect (screen to rear) February 21, 2014, at Steuart W. Weller Elementary School in Ashburn, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Artist coping with autism makes it big

Sep 08, 2013 - 8:55 PM

Many thought J A Tan would never surpass his condition They thought wrong

'Critical Thinking,' by J.A. Tan. Image from his Facebook'Critical Thinking,' by J.A. Tan. All images/photos from his Facebook except as indicated

US study links pollution to autism risk

Jun 18, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Study: Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in low pollution areas

A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Weak brain connections in autistic children

Jun 18, 2013 - 9:08 AM

Weak brain connectivity may impede children with autism from experiencing speech as pleasurable

HUMAN VOICE IS VERY IMPORTANT. 'It not only conveys meaning but also provides critical emotional information to a child'

Autism Awareness Day: 'Light it up blue'

Apr 02, 2013 - 4:51 PM

On April 2 World Autism Awareness Day UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calls for a more inclusive society that recognizes the potential of people with autism

AUTISM AWARENESS. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives his World Autism Awareness Day message. Photo from the 'Ban Ki-moon' Facebook page

Food supplement could treat some autism: study

Sep 07, 2012 - 12:05 PM

For people with autism amino acids could be their ally

AMINO ACIDS ARE PRESENT in proteins. Photo by Kai Magsanoc