Improving the quality of life for people with autism


Autism-Europe a.i.s.b.l. is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of people with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.

Autism-Europe plays a key role in raising public awareness and influencing European decision-makers on all issues related to the rights of people with autism. 



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Break barriers together for autism- Let's build an accessible society!

On World Autism Awareness Day (2 April) 2017, Autism-Europe is seeking to acknowledge the barriers experienced by autistic people, and work together with people on the spectrum, their families and their representative organisations, in order to remove them. The campaign is accompanied by a global call for action to European decision-makers, other interested stakeholders and the general public. 

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A photo exhibition in Brussels to mark World Autism Awareness Day

In the framework of its World Autism Awareness Day campaign 2017, Autism-Europe is organising a photography exhibition in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee. The topic of the exhibition is accessibility for people with autism in society. Pictures have been taken by three photographers from the UK, Poland and Luxembourg, all aiming to help people understand what accessibility means for those on the autism spectrum and what kind of obstacles they face in their everyday lives.

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2 April is fast approaching!

As part of a long-running awareness campaign to be launched on World Autism Awareness Day, in 2017 Autism-Europe will be focusing on the theme "Break barriers together for autism. Let's build an accessible society".

The campaign toolkit explains the idea behind the theme and outlines in detail how and when you can support the campaign in whichever way you prefer.

To help give the campaign the best possible chance of success, please click on the image below and agree to support the “Break barriers together for autism” Thunderclap campaign on whichever social media networks you use. 


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Autism-Europe presents recommendations on the proposed EU Social Pillar

In March 2016, the European Commission published the first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar). The proposal seeks to identify a number of core principles common to the Eurozone Member States, in order to address challenges in the field of employment and social policies and allow a better implementation of social rights. 

Autism-Europe recently published a list of recommendations on the proposed Social Pillar, which you can access using the links below. 

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Autism-Europe joins the European IPA+ Project

In late 2016 Autism-Europe joined a new European project, called IPA+ Autism - Training for inclusion. The project, which runs until 2018, will focus on developing a basic training reference point for all professionals working with people with autism, and responds to the existing gaps in training on autism.

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Welcome to the Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress!

Under the motto “Happy, Healthy and Empowered”, Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress brings together more than 1,700 self-advocates, parents, professionals, and carers and any other interested parties from the 16 to 18 September in Edinburgh, UK.

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Thanks for your support!

We would like to thank everyone who supported the launch of our “Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion” campaign on the 2 April!

By clicking on the picture below you can see an interactive story of how the campaign unfolded, outlining the valuable input of our members across Europe, the support of European policy-makers as well as the endorsement of some well-known faces.


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April 2, World Autism Awareness Day

This year, Autism-Europe is calling on everyone to promote respect, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism. To start with, support the campaign on Thunderclap by clicking here below and help us to reach this goal!

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Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes: "I wanted to try to change the global conversation about autism"

Author Steve Silberman was the keynote speaker for the UN’s Observance of World Autism Awareness Day 2016. In December Autism-Europe spoke to him about his hugely successful publication ‘Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity’.

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Register now to benefit from the Early Booking rate for Autism-Europe’s International Congress

Up until the 30 April 2016 self-advocates, parents, professionals, and carers will still have the opportunity to benefit of the Early Booking rate and save more than 15% on booking fees when registering for Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress. 

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Join us for the “Run the Difference” race and support Autism-Europe!

Autism-Europe and students from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) partnered up to organise the event “Run the Difference”, comprising a 5K and 2K fancy dress run to raise awareness of autism.

The race was held on March 12th 2016 in the Bois de la Cambre Park in Brussels. All proceeds went towards supporting Autism-Europe’s continued activities.

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TRASE project promotes the equal right to love this Valentine’s Day

If we look at the story behind Valentine’s Day, we see that it is both a celebration of love and a statement in support of freedom of choice. Unfortunately, not all adults are allowed to make their own decisions when it comes to romantic relationships, marriage and reproductive rights. This is particularly the case people having learning disabilities.

As such, Autism-Europe is working as a pertner in a new project called “Training in Sexual Education for Persons with Disabilities (TRASE)”, which aims at devising a course to train those delivering sexual education to persons with disabilities.

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Autism-Europe welcomes the proposed European Accessibility Act and issues its recommendations

Autism-Europe considers the proposal for the European Accessibility Act has potential to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities throughout Europe. The proposal was finally published by the Commission on the 2 December 2015. Autism-Europe published a response to the proposal outlining a number of key recommendations to ensure that the specific needs of autistic people are not overlooked in the future Directive.

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Autism-Europe's Executive Committee welcomes two new members

Since December 2015, Autism-Europe's Executive Committee counts on two new members:

  • Pietro Cirrincione (Italy), as vice-president. Since 2006, he participates in the Italian Gruppo Asperger Onlus association as a board member at a national and regional level. He has been a board member of Autism-Europe since 2010, as well as being a self-advocate.
  • Marta Roca (Spain), as a member. She is President of the Federació Autisme Catalunya (since 2013) and a Board member of the Confederación Autismo España (since 2014).
  • More about Autism-Europe's structure... 

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Help us map autism policies in Europe!

Part of the ASDEU project consists of mapping autism-specific legislation and policies currently in place throughout Europe. Research into this aspect of national and regional approaches to autism will be supported by an online survey where autism organisations, persons with autism, their families, carers or any other professionals and stakeholders can provide feedback on the situation in the country/region where they live.

Your knowledge and expertise is key. We would therefore encourage you to help us by taking a few minutes to respond to our short online survey.

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You can specify any amount you wish to give our association, respecting the format proposed in our example.
Autism-Europe can provide attestation for tax-deduction in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg


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