File photo from last year’s Angels Walk for Autism, an annual advocacy event that gathers thousands of families and support groups that promote inclusivity for all Filipinos with autism.

As part of this year’s celebration of the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week, SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, and the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) will be holding the annual Angels Walk for Autism on 26 January at the Mall of Asia (MoA) Arena in Pasay City.

The event, which started in 2007, has grown from 200 participants in its first staging to an estimated 24,000 in the event’s iteration last year. The walk advocates for the acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of every Filipino with autism.

“Our ultimate goal is to achieve a completely autism-friendly Philippines,” Mona Magno-Veluz, national president of Autism Society Philippines said. “We have made great strides in making Filipinos more accepting of those with autism and we hope that through events like the Angels Walk for Autism, we can continue to make the Philippines a place where every individual that has autism is valued, loved and treated with dignity.”

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