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Executive Committee

Autism-Europe has an executive committee that serves a four-year term. They meet several times per year to make decisions on behalf of Autism-Europe.

The committee aims to reflect Europe’s diversity, with most geographic regions of Europe represented. The current term runs from 2016 to 2020.

 

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Zsuzsanna Szilvasy

President | Hungary

Biography

Zsuzsanna has been involved in autism organisations, both in Hungary and at the European level, for the past seven years. Zsuzsanna was the president of the Hungarian Autistic Society for four years and has played a key role in advocating for the rights of people with autism in Hungary, as well as providing advice to organisations and families about their rights and best practices. She also played a central role in the organisation of the last Autism-Europe International Congress which was held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2013.

She has been a member of the Autism-Europe executive committee since 2008.

In addition to her work for autism, Zsuzsanna is also the mother of a teenage boy with autism in need of a high-level of support and works in fundraising for an NGO.

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Evelyne Friedel

Vice President | France

Biography

Evelyne has more than ten years of experience in advocacy for people with autism, both in France and at the European level. Her experience includes winning a collective complaint before the Council of Europe in 2002, in which France was found to have failed to fulfil its educational obligations to people with autism.

Since 2005, Evelyne has played an important role in the national French association for the management of services and facilities for people with autism (AFG).

She has been a member of the Autism-Europe executive committee since 2003, and held the role of president from 2008 to 2011.

In addition to her voluntary work for autism, Evelyne is also the mother of a teenage boy with autism who is in need of a high-level of support, and a partner of international law firm, Taylor Wessing, where she practices in European law.

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Pietro Cirrincione

Vice President | Italy

Biography

Pietro has been a volunteer in the field of Autism since 2006, participating 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, and has been a member of the European Disability Forum Information and Communication Technologies Expert Group since 2013. Pietro has Asperger’s syndrome and is actively involved in projects for including people on the autism spectrum in team sports. He also works as computer expert.

In his role of AE Vice-President since 2016, Pietro is keen to ensure that the direct point of view of people on the autism spectrum is always present in Autism-Europe’s decisions. He also offers training to enable other autistic people, as well as people with other conditions or disabilities, to acquire the necessary knowledge to defend their rights and foster the respect of their needs. He also continues his commitment to voluntary work in autism in Italian associations.

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Maria Wroniszewska

Secretary | Poland

Biography

Maria has nearly 30 years of experience in advocacy for people with autism in Poland. She has played a key role in improving the laws and services for people with ASD in Education and Health Services. She is trainer, “parent to parent” consultant, advocacy leader in SYNAPSIS Foundation and Federation AUTISM-POLAND. She is also manager of the SYNAPSIS Program for employment and social inclusion of adults with ASD.

Since 2004 Maria is the representative of SYNAPSIS in the Autism-Europe Council of Administration. Maria is also the mother of 35 years old son with autism who is in need of a high level of support.

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Claude Schmit

Treasurer | Luxembourg

Biography

Claude has been a member of the Autism-Europe executive committee for more than 15 years.

In addition to his voluntary work for autism, Claude is also the father of an adult son with autism who is in need of a high level of support and teaches engineering at a high school.

He is the president of Foundation Autisme Luxembourg.

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Harald Neerland

Member of the Executive Committee | Norway

Biography

Harald has more than ten years of experience in advocacy for people with autism in Norway. He has served as a board member of the Norwegian Autism Society for the past ten years, including two terms as president and one term as vice president. His roles have also included representing people with autism on government committees and projects.

In addition to his voluntary work for autism, Harald is also the father of a teenage girl with autism who is in need of a high-level of support, and works as an engineering manager for an international manufacturer of oil and gas production equipment.

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Marta Roca

Member of the Executive Committee | Spain

Biography

Marta has a 48-year-old sister with autism who is in need of a high-level of support. In 1976 their parents, together with other parents of autistic children and a team of professionals, founded the Autisme la Garriga project, a network of services in Catalonia (Spain) based on developing the diagnosis of autism, its treatment, the creation of lifelong care services and family participation.

Apafac, one of the entities of Autisme la Garriga, became one of the founding members of Autism-Europe.

Marta has always collaborated in the development of Autisme la Garriga and since the mid 1980s has attended Autism-Europe meetings and participated in a variety of activities. She was a member of the Organising Committee of Autism-Europe’s 5th International Congress Hope is not a dream which was held in Barcelona, in1996.

She has been a Board member of the Fundació Congost Autisme for over 25 years, and has been the President of this same organisation since 2012. She is also the President of the Federació Autisme Catalunya (2013) and a Board member of the Confederación Autismo España (2014).

Marta works as a civil servant in the Government of Catalonia.