Netizens praise SM Supermalls for hiring people with autism

Netizens praise SM Supermalls for hiring people with autism

- The Autism Society of the Philippines supports autism through their efforts in making partnerships with different institutions to provide employment opportunities to people with autism

- Social networking sites have been praising a supermarket in Mandaluyong city for hiring three men with autism

- The photos have garnered 9,000 likes and more than 3,200 shares as netizens continuously show their support and gratitude to the supermarket

After hiring three people with autism in helping to stock up the grocery shelves, the SM Savemore grocery branch at the Light Mall in Mandaluyong City earned praise in social networking sites.

The mall was praised for their willingness to hire persons with autism considering their slightly unpredictable behavior at times. Because of this, society often shunned and shamed these people who look and behave differently from them.

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According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD, is a developmental disability characterized by having social, communication, and language problems. People with autism have a restrained and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.

With its staunch advocacy for autism, non-profit organization Autism Society of the Philippines has been supporting and helping people with autism by providing them employment opportunities to ensure that they are part of our community and to show that they are capable of working too. Some of the partnerships that the Autism Society of the Philippines have made are with the Independent Living Learning Center, the University of the Philippines, and recently with the business empire SM Supermalls.

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Today, there are also other working centers that hire people with autism. Thus, the efforts of the Autism Society of the Philippines have definitely paid off. Indeed, the only way for these people to feel that they are not different from us is by accepting them for who they are and not for shaming them for what they lack.

Our society is hopeful that in the future, many business companies and institutions, not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well, would open their doors for our brothers and sisters who have autism.-NB, Kami Media

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