Lightening Up Heavy Loads

Josie Pascasio Ortiz
Posted March 31, 2020 from Philippines
Training special parents and teachers on how to handle kids with autism.
This meeting was happened last January in Bacolod City Philippines. The participants are from the community and school that handle kids with autism. Warm bonds and strong supports were formed and build up.
Our Special Family
Our Special Family: Me, my son Raphael who is now 13 years old and has classic autism, my husband Oliver who is my partner in our Ausome (Awesome Autism) journey and training. (1/2)

"Trailblazer" for me is a very significant word. For me she is a person walking on a dark path, carrying a light so that others may take the journey a lot easier. And that is exactly what my heart is beating for: If I could just make the lives of other special families like me, to be somehow become better, I will do what I can do to help.

To have a child with autism is living in a constant stress, strength draining, budget busting, actually no words can really describe the great challenges we are facing everyday. We see our kids in a condition of having their own world, with out any sense of danger and can't even communicate concern. We do what we can but there is not guarantee of change and it is causing hopelessness and great depression to us parents. This experience compelled me to concentrate on helping the parents because I know that if I help parents I will be able to help the child with special needs as well. And in my heart it has been my prayers ever since to help them in whatever way I can. I begin with a small meetings of special moms at our house. It was just simple sharing of our journeys but I know, since then, that I am on the right track. From that time, I begin to attend different meetings, seminars and trainings that will add to my knowledge and skills in training parents on how to handle and help their kids with autism properly.

I want to reach out to more special families so I created a Facebook group for our families which I later on called "Autism Family Support Group." We shared our different struggles, progress stories, heartaches and many other things that will ease each others journey. And because parents can express themselves in the group with out any judgement, they recommend the group to their friends and families in the same journey. Now even families from abroad like US, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries are joining the group. From a group of around 30 special moms and dads it now grew to 7300 members all over the world, and still growing everyday. I also begin to do some actual support group meetings in different locations and public SPED schools in Cebu and all over the Philippines.

Before the COVID 19 outbreak I planned to reach more families in Luzon so I scheduled some support meetings in some key cities in Luzon. But now it evolved to online webinar, online live trainings and even making a Youtube channel. I am just new to these fields but I am thankful that these technologies are a great help in the middle of this limiting situations, which in the end it open my mind to being able to reach out not just to my city but even the world. So I realized that I need to study and pray for more tools to be able to do it. Two weeks ago, I am so happy to buy a tripod stand for my phone, and now with the help of my hubby, I am exploring and planning to improve on our tools in order to improve also our teachings and presentations.

 

How do I measure success? I am happy to meet families and see the smile of the parents with their kids. I have had support meeting with one parent and sometimes, hundreds of them. But the measurement I set is, if the parents were able to have new ways of learning and that it made their Ausome Journey alot easier and filled their hearts with faith and hope for the future, if I begin to see that these special parents are now beginning to have that love connection with their kids and are now being able to train them effectively at home and in their community with great hope and faith for their

future... that for me is success!

 

This story was submitted in response to Become a Featured Changemaker.

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Hello, Mommy Josie,

Congratulations on your first post! I noticed you have two accounts here. The other one where you wrote your assignment on 19 things to do during COVID-19 quarantine. :)

Yey! You truly are a trailblazer in this Ausome journey in the Philippines. It is such a joy to know you! Thank you for submitting an application as a Featured Changemaker. I am hoping you can make it so more Ausome families across the globe will benefit from your online webinars and trainings. It is no secret how expensive and draining it is (physically, emotionally, financially, socially, mentally) to raise a child with special needs. Thank you for stepping up to the call!

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Thank u very much momie Kaye. For all your help in this, I think I got confused and made a separate account for my email and another for my fb. How can I make them one?

Hello, Mommy Josie, you can copy your entry on the other one, then paste it here so you’ll have one active account po.

It is my joy to be of help, Mommy. May your network grow wider with World Pulse. :)

By the way, our World Pulse sister Adanna from Nigeria has a tech project and she wants to include children with Autism. I referred her to you since my son didn’t reach the age bracket yet.

God bless po.

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Yes she messaged me and I will try to answer her this week. I will also try to transfer my writing here this week after my part 2 training on Session 1 of Training Ausome kids tom

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 31
Mar 31

Hello Josie,
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful journey with us. You are indeed a trailblazer. To have a non judgmental and support focused group grow to such membership around the world is not a small feat.

Thank you for all you do for the AUSOME community. It is good to have a place you know you can actually talk and others feel and understand you.

Keep blazing the trails and hope you get to feature as a change maker.

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Thank you for your kind encouragement. ❤️

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Thank you for your encouragement. It is just that sometimes it is overwhelming to ambitiously help and at the same time struggle with my own kids too. In the middle if everything I just smile and believing everything will be alright with the help of God.

maeann
Mar 31
Mar 31

Wow you are making this happen. I am excited to watch you lesson on youtube to learn more about autism. Your success is everyone's success :) Congratz Mom Josie, i'm so glad to know you on World Pulse PH. It's good to connect.

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Thank you Meann, the truth s u also inspires me on technology to try harder hahaha. It’s hard to be techy

maeann
Apr 06
Apr 06

Youre welcome... it will be easy once learned :) Thank you.

Thelma obani 2020
Apr 02
Apr 02

Hello dear, more wins and success . You are special .Thanks for all you do

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Amen. Thank you Thelma ❤️

Paulina Nayra
Apr 02
Apr 02

Dear Mommy Josie,
You are a trailblazer indeed. You carry the torch with other mommies who needed the light and support in caring for their special children. You are a resource to a lot of families and because of this you have to take care of yourself because many look up to you for advice. May your blessings increase a thousandfold.
Welcome to World Pulse!
Huggs.

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Thank you Pau and hugs to u too. Thank u and I really needed that reminder to take care of myself first. God bless.

rebecca.tang
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thank you for sharing the story! Taking care of kid is already a big project. Taking care of a child with autism is giant project I can image. You can still squeeze out your time establishing a group support other families and provide further support for the pandemic.

You are really great!

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Yes Rebecca it is really hard most of the times. That is why I really thank God for helping me out everyday. To help other autism parents is big joy to me.

anita shrestha
Apr 03
Apr 03

THank you for sharing

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 04
Apr 04

Hi Josie,
I was so glad to tune into the recent broadcast on which you laid out such wisdom from your research and personal experience raising your son. It was special to witness the support group that has come together as Ausome families. I wish you and all the Ausome Mommies lots of love and successes.

Josie Pascasio Ortiz

Thank you listening Tam and all the wisdom and learning are gifts from God that I really want to share to be able to help ease other parents autism journey too.

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you for sharing