12/08/2010: RECEPTION BY SFPCG AND AHF TO RAISE AWARENESS ON AUTISM
Photo shows Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. speaking at the reception held by Autism Hearts Foundation and the Philippine Consulate Genera
Photo shows AHF officials led by Mrs. Lynda Borromeo presenting a certification to Consul General Paynor
As a partnership of the Autism Hearts Foundation with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, a reception to raise awareness on autism spectrum disorder was held last Thursday, 5 August 2010, at the official residence of Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. in San Francisco.
More than 100 guests, supporters, and sponsors attended the event organized by AHF and the Consulate. AHF head, Mrs. Lynda Borromeo, has taken a leadership role in rallying the scientific community, advocacy groups, and the Filipino American community to create and build the first-ever Autism Institute of Asia in the Philippines.
Mrs. Borromeo commended Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. for his wholehearted support to their cause, adding that his assistance and those of his staff were instrumental in the successful holding of the International Autism Conference held earlier this year in Manila.
“ASD knows no social, racial, or economic boundaries, and the number of diagnosed cases appears to be on the rise, including an estimated 600,000 Filipinos,” said Mrs. Borromeo.
According to the Center for Diseases Control, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has affected one in every 110 children in the United States. This alarming statistic makes it more prevalent than breast cancer and AIDS combined. END