Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)



The "Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)" is a regional center on disability and development. APCD was established in Bangkok, Thailand as a legacy of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002, with the joint collaboration of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Royal Thai Government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Government of Japan.

APCD was endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as a regional cooperative base for its Biwako Millennium Framework for an inclusive society in the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012. ESCAP identified APCD as the regional center on disability for the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real, 2013-2022.

In cooperation with more than 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, APCD is currently managed by the Foundation of Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD Foundation) under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.



1st ASEAN Autism Friendship Games, Laguna, Philippines, 15-16 January 2016

The Third ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) Congress kicked off with the First ASEAN Autism Friendship Games at the University of the Philippines Campus in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, on 15-16 January 2016. The event was graced by Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz (President, Autism Society Philippines), Mr. Malai Hj Abdullah bin Hj Malai Othman (Chairperson, ASEAN Autism Network), Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi (Director, The Japan Foundation, Manila), Mr. Noriaki Niwa (Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency Philippine Office), Hon. Procopio A. Alipon (Vice Mayor, Municipality of Los Baños, Laguna) representing Hon. Mayor Caesar Perez, and Ms. Carmen Reyes Zubiaga (Acting Executive Director, National Council on Disability Affairs of the Philippines). Over 350 persons with autism and their parents from nine ASEAN countries including Japan participated in various activities including track and field events, swimming, bowling, and cultural fellowship programs, among others. Apart from sports and recreational activities, a cultural program showcased the talents of persons with autism and their parents from ASEAN and Japan. The winners of the Games were presented and honored at the Angels Walk for Autism on 17 January 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Philippines. Angels Walk for Autism, Manila, Philippines, 17 January 2016

The second major event of the Third AAN Congress was the Angels Walk for Autism led by Autism Society Philippines on 17 January 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines. This year’s event drew more than 15,000 participants from all over the Philippines and other ASEAN countries. Special guests included H.E. Dr. A.K.P. Mochtan (Deputy Secretary General, Community and Corporate Affairs), Hon. Sonny Angara (Senator of the Republic of the Philippines), Mr. Akiie Ninomiya (Executive Director, APCD), Engr. Bien Mateo (Program Director, SM Cares) and Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz (President, ASP). With the theme ‘Onwards to an Autism-OK Philippines’, the event also featured various talents of persons with autism from the ASEAN region and announced the ASP Autism Angels Achievement Award 2016 recipients, as well as the formal turnover of the AAN chairmanship. The ASP Angels Walk for Autism is a Philippine-wide event. ASP chapters from all over the country held simultaneous walks in Davao, Iloilo, Naga, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Tagbilaran.

Marcus Wilnei, one of Mr. Aldolpho's proteges gained recognition for several major accomplishments, including a very successful business venture in which he and his partner, both graduates of the program, continue to operate in New York City. He migrated there to make use of his skills in cleaning fabrics, especially delicate handwoven carpets and rugs. With the help of Mr. Aldolpho, they created a website promoting a highly specialized rug care service focusing on persian and oriental carpets and wall hangings. His business has been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and the Immigrant Focus Group. They've grown from one small delivery van to a fleet of 10 trucks serving the carpet cleaning needs in the most competitive market in the world, New York City. Marcus will attend and present next year's recipient of the Autism Angels Achievement Award.


1. Persons with autism, their parents and supporters in the ASEAN region and Japan were provided with opportunities to participate in various autism-friendly activities in sports, leisure and recreation for the first time in Southeast Asia.

2. An initial guide on how to organize autism-friendly sports, leisure and recreation activities based on the Philippines' experience was shared with those from the Mekong sub-region namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.

3. It was demonstrated that persons with autism are capable to actively participate in sports, leisure and recreation given the opportunity and appropriate support.

4. Positive relationships among persons with autism, parents and supporters across the ASEAN region and Japan were developed.

5. Understanding and acceptance of the different cultures of each country in Southeast Asia and Japan were promoted through a series of autism-related events.

6. The rights of persons with autism to participate in sports, leisure and recreation were realized as stipulated in Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

7. AAN members were inspired to come up with their own Autism Friendship Games and enhanced their Walk for Autism event.



Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education
and Resources (SMARTER), Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia Intellectual Disability and Autism Network (CIDAN), Cambodia
Association for Autism (AfA), Lao PDR
Autism Foundation of Indonesia, Indonesia
National Autistic Society of Malaysia (NASOM), Malaysia
Myanmar Autism Association (MAA), Myanmar
The Association of Parents of Persons with Autism (AU Thai), Thailand
Vietnam Autism Network (VAN), Vietnam
Autism Society Japan (ASJ), Japan
Autism Society Philippines (ASP), Philippines
ASP National Office
ASP Laguna Chapter
ASP Bacoor, Cavite Chapter
ASP Carmona, Cavite Chapter
ASP Dasmariñas, Cavite Chapter
ASP Mandaluyong City Chapter
ASP Taguig City Chapter
ASP Diliman, Quezon City Chapter
ASP Parañaque City Chapter
Best Buddies, Philippines
Collaborators and Sponsors
Autism Society Philippines (ASP)
ASEAN Autism Network (AAN)
Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)
Japan Foundation Asia Center
ASEAN Secretariat
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the Philippines
National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) of the Philippines
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) of Thailand
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF)
Municipality of Los Baños, Laguna
SM Cares
Autism Society Japan
The Royal Government of Thailand
National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA)
The Local Government of Mandaluyong City
The Local Government of Taguig City
The Local Government of Carmona, Cavite


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