The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday urged support groups of persons with autism and other disabilities to reach out to poor communities who have family members that are suffering from the same conditions.
“Together let us take it upon ourselves to advocate so that those who are disadvantaged brothers and sisters who have family members suffering from intellectual disabilities and other disabilities can also receive intervention expertise which will help empower them to improve their lives,” said DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe.
Meanwhile, Carmen Zubiaga, National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) executiver director, cited the importance of creating an enabling, protective and promoting the rights of persons with autism and other children suffering from different intellectual disabilities.
Zubiaga said that it is important that different sectors down to the barangay (village) levels of local government unit are active in making the rights of persons with disabilities real.
NCDA is an attached agency of DSWD.