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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Project: New Bridges to Autism

Autism-Europe, along with its member organisations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, participated in the ‘New Bridges to Autism’ project which ran from January to December, 2008.

Activities in this project included a festival, exhibition, conferences, and the production of methodologies to foster good practice, as well as teaching and learning materials. The New Bridges to Autism project aimed to contribute to the social inclusion of adults with autism. 

The project was funded by the European Union's Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme and coordinated by Isabel Cottinelli Telmo, President of APPDA-Lisboa.


  • To raise awareness of the lifelong educational needs of adults with autism and their families;

  • To explore innovative activities in the field of music, arts, computing and sports;

  • To disseminate the outcomes of the Grundtvig projects coordinated by APPDA-Lisboa International Project “Side by Side Curso online”;

  • Thematic Seminar “Bridges to Autism” survey on lifelong educational preferences of adults with autism - 22 February 2008, Algés, Portugal.





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