As regard membership, Autism-Europe is the only European organisation gathering 80 national and regional associations advocating for the rights of persons affected by autism from 30 European countries. Its European dimension is therefore well represented in its membership.
Autism-Europe’s statutes have been drafted to ensure the representation of all the EU countries in the Council of Administration. The large majority of the members of the AE Council of Administration are parents representing children with any kind and severity of developmental disorder who are unable to represent themselves. Moreover, a number of seats in the Council of Administration are reserved for self-advocates. All the AE members have the right to participate in the Annual General Assembly.
Every two years the General Assembly elects the Council of Administration. Half the Council of Administration is renewed every two years. The Council of Administration elects the President amongst its members The President must be a person with autism or a parent.
The president names 5 or more Executive Committee members, who are proposed for approval by the Council of Administration. The Executive Committee is an operational body that takes in charge all the practical issues concerning the AE management.