is a non-stock, non-profit education institution that is committed to improving the lives of individuals with autism, their families and caregivers by providing various programs and services which have proven to be effective in autism management.
CARD, Phils. - PAFI uses its own model for intervention called the F. I. T. Approach, which stands for Functional, Integrated, Team Approach. This model integrates the "Wheel of Life" which epitomizes CARD's vision of providing quality education. This will give way for developing the potentials of the individuals in the following aspects of their lives, namely: family, physical, social, recreation, education, work, and psycho-spiritual.
The main essence of the curriculum is to guide them in becoming individuals who are able to survive independently as well as become functional and productive members of the society. CARD is committed to provide individuals with Autism the same opportunities to learn as other children in the belief that individuals with autism have the right to meaningful education, personal development, self-determination and social interaction.
Autism is a lifelong disability that prevents afflicted individuals from achieving their full potential. It affects about one (1) out of every sixty-eight (68) persons as per Center for Decease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Persons with autism have impaired socialization, communication and adaptation skills, delayed psychomotor development, abnormal response to sensory stimuli and peculiar patterns of behavior. They seem to live in a “world of their own” and seek to find meaning in their confusion by insisting on routine activities and repetitive behavior.
A three-hour a day program that focuses on the basic of the center’s “First Things First” program which deals with the daily functional living skills and task performance, i.e., sitting, waiting, coming when called, imitation, compliance, following basic commands, toileting, feeding and dressing. The program also focuses on the developmental areas: cognitive, speech and language development, gross and fine motor, social-emotional and self-help skills
Primary is a 6 hour day program from Mondays to Fridays from 8 am to 2pm. Children are grouped according to their ages, intellectual capability, communication skills (verbal or non-verbal) and behavior. The Primary program focuses on extending the learning readiness of the center’s “First Things First” program that deals with the daily functional living skills and task performance
This aims to equip the students with the necessary skills to make them productive members in the community as well as to prepare them for adulthood. Transition areas are the following: Adaption/Work Behavior, Communication, Social Skills, functional academics, physical education, domestic skills, self-care skills, OJT, cooking and baking and community integration.
Adult Program aims to develop and reinforce skills, enabling them to function independently and survive in their daily life, either in the home setting or various activities in the community and undertake meaningful vocational jobs consistent with their skills and abilities.