Autism. Stop discrimination. campaign
In 2015, Autism-Europe members are conducting a campaign to raise awareness across Europe about the discrimination that people with autism face and what is needed to ensure that they are included in society.
Activities and events in Europe
Once again, Autism-Europe members are organising a wide range of events and activities across Europe to mark World Autism Awareness Day. For more information on these, please go to our members page and contact them directly.
About World Autism Awareness Day
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd United Nations General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.
This United Nations resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the high prevalence rate of autism among children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.
- United Nations World Autism Awareness Day website
- 2015 campaign: Autism. Stop discrimination.
- 2014 campaign: Autism and work. Together we can.
- 2013 campaign: Autism. More common than you think.
- Light It Up Blue website