I read this article on CNN today which I felt is a perfect subject to revive this blog. According to the article, a young child named Rowan (our child is nicknamed Roan), who has symptoms of Autism, showed immediate improvement when he began riding a horse named Betsy.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, November 18, 2007
RP seeks clemency for OFW on Kuwait death row
By Cynthia Balana
MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice President Noli de Castro and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo have sought executive clemency for Filipino domestic helper Marilou Ranario as she appeals her death sentence in Kuwait.
Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Ricardo Endaya said in his report to the Department of Foreign Affairs that all three Philippine leaders had made representations with the Kuwaiti ruler to grant Ranario clemency as the Supreme Court there starts hearing her appeal of the lower court’s decision sentencing her to hang for killing her employer.
Ranario lost the case in the Kuwaiti Court of Appeals. Her employer’s family, however, refused to accept her blood money in exchange for her life.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Autistic man at college graduation details hopes
By Allison Lopez, Jeannette Andrade
MANILA, Philippines--David Michael Lopez, 22, graduated on April 12 from the Lyceum Institute of Technology in Calamba City in Laguna, earning a degree in communications.
“I wanted to communicate,” Lopez said, explaining why he took the course.
He is one proof that being diagnosed as a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not the end of the world.
Only a trained eye can detect traces of autism in David. He looks like any other young man his age, but his life is a shining example of the triumph of perseverance and years of struggle against ASD.
ASD, as defined by the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP), is a developmental disability that severely hinders the way information is gathered and processed by the brain, causing problems in communication, learning and social behaviors.
At age 3, David was diagnosed with ASD. But through years of education and parental care, he was able to overcome his problem. David told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the early intervention of his parents was a key.
“There is no cure, but through education and training, autism can be treated,” he said at the close of the two-day national conference at the Philippine Columbian Association in Paco, Manila, on “A Life Journey with Autism: Hope After Diagnosis.”