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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World Autism Awareness Day

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.

European campaigns

Each year, Autism-Europe works together with our member organisations to conduct campaigns to raise awareness of autism and the rights of people with autism across Europe. You can view our previous campaigns at the bottom of this page.

Activities and events in Europe

Autism-Europe members organise a wide range of events and activities across Europe to mark World Autism Awareness Day each year. For more information on these, please go to our members page and contact them directly.

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World Autism Awareness Day 2016

In 2016, Autism-Europe conducted a Europe-wide awareness raising campaign with our members on the theme 'Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion'.PDF (10.4 Mb)
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World Autism Awareness Day 2015

In 2015, Autism-Europe conducted a Europe-wide awareness raising campaign with our members on the theme 'Autism. Stop discrimination.'

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World Autism Awareness Day 2014

Autism-Europe conducted a Europe-wide awareness raising campaign with our members on the theme 'Autism and work. Together we can.' Read More
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World Autism Awareness Day 2013

Autism-Europe conducted a Europe-wide awareness raising campaign with our members on the theme 'Autism. More common than you think.'Read More
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World Autism Awareness Day 2012

On April 2, across Europe and around the world people raised awareness of autism. Well-known buildings were lit up in blue, bells rang in stock exchanges and many other events took place. Open the .pdf file to find out what happened across Europe and worldwide and get ready for WAAD 2013! PDF (8.73 Mb)
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World Autism Awareness Day 2010

Autism-Europe thanks to the cooperation of with Autism Speaks and NYSE Euronext highlighted the third annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), a day prior to WAAD, and Autism Awareness Month with the first-ever global bell ringing across NYSE Euronext markets in Europe and the United States. Read More
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World Autism Awareness Day 2009

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World Autism Awareness Day 2008

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