Posts Tagged ‘Jane Gonzales’


Gonzales: Autism awareness and advocacy begins at home

April 8, 2015

This is an article by Jane Ann Gonzales, a mother of a youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is an advocate/member of the Autism Society Philippines and Directress of Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC) Davao, a center for teenagers and adults with special needs. For comments, please

I GOT a pleasant surprise from my youngest son, Joseph John. He asked me if he could write an article again about his Kuya Jan. The first time he wrote was on December 31, 2014 when I asked him about his thoughts on being a brother of a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This time, he volunteered to write about his special brother, although he did not know what topic to discuss. As a parent, this act of a sibling is a demonstration of love and concern and it truly warms my heart to know that we have raised well our two younger children to accept their Kuya the way he is. Awareness, acceptance and advocacy for persons with ASD should actually start with the parents and siblings.

Again, I did not edit the work of my son, Joseph John, a 12-year-old boy who just graduated from Grade 6 at Ateneo de Davao University. His Kuya Jan, who is on the spectrum, is 22 years old.


My mother allowed me to write an article for her column, Rated “A”. She gave me five questions to answer:

  1. How is Kuya Jan as a responsible person in the household?
  2. How is Kuya Jan as a funny person in the household?
  3. How is Kuya Jan as a brother to me?
  4. How is Kuya Jan talented?
  5. How is Kuya Jan a young man at home and in public?

To read Joseph John’s answer to Mom Jane’s questions, please click to read the full article, :


TEACCH Method Seminar in Davao City_September 15

September 13, 2012

The Independent Living Learning Centre-Davao and ASP Davao invite you to a Seminar on Structured Teaching at Home and in School {TEACCH Method] on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am-12nn at Davao Doctor’s College Auditorium. Speaker is Dang Koe, TEACCH practitioner and Chair Emeritus of Autism Society Philippines.

Registration is only P500 with snacks and certificate of attendance. Group rates for students, etc. apply. Discounted rates too for ASP active members. Please call Ms. Ann Angeles ILLC Davao Principal at Tel. 2821407 or Cel 09173078754. Or, Ms. Rina Gulanes at Cel. 09173083973.

Please do not miss to attend the seminar! Dang is such an engaging speaker, you’ll be kept awake from beginning to end. It must be in Palawan when I attended the TEACCH method seminar that she conducted while waiting for the sked of Alyana after her talk. We’ve been together in some ASP activities outside Manila as part of autism awareness campaign. Her personal experience in adopting the method makes it extra special and different from probably any other speakers who’d “lecture” instead of share their knowledge on structured teaching for persons with autism.

The info was texted to me by Jane Gonzales, the ever-energetic soul behind the meaningful and worthwhile forums, seminars and other activities for families of PWAs. I’m sure the seminar will be as usual – successful!! More power to you all!


Sensory Integration: A Practical Approach

June 24, 2012

JANE ANN S. GONZALES, CPA, MBA, LET, CSEE, Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC) Davao Directress invites you to attend a Seminar on Sensory Integration: A Practical Approach for Parents, Teachers and Students on July 14, 2012 (Saturday). Professor Abelardo Apollo “Archie” I. David, Jr., MOccThy, OTRP, one of the leading Occupational Therapists in the country, will be the Resource Speaker.

Attached below are the Information Sheet and Registration Form for said Seminar. Kindly help us spread this information also to other parents of children/adults with special needs, SPED teachers, therapists, college students and other individuals working closely with persons with disabilities. You may reproduce them.

ILLC Davao hopes to see you during this rare opportunity of enhancing our capabilities in developing youth with special needs for life.

For more information, contact Ms. Jane Gonzales, Cellphone: 09177055075; click below for the forms




Journey to Tagum

December 9, 2008

Formerly called “Magugpo,” I found Tagum City, described as one of the “medium-sized cities” in the Philippines to be a very peaceful and quiet place…

mm-in-front-of-the-biggest-rosary-in-the-worldSaid to be the being the biggest rosary in the world

imga0842(Alyana screening in Tagum City)

Last Saturday, December 6, 2008, “Alyana…” was screened to an audience approximately 500 in number. (For my complete notes on my Tagum City journey, see the page on the right column entitled “Alyana in Tagum City.”)