Sadly, in March 2012, Joan Roca passed away at the age of 82. The father of two daughters, one of whom has autism and is in need of a high level of support, Joan spent the past 37 years working to improve the rights and conditions of people who have autism.
Joan was a founding member of Autism-Europe in the early 1980s. He was also an instrumental organiser of the Autism-Europe International Congress V that was held in Barcelona in 1996. This very successful congress attracted the largest number of congress delegates ever (over 1600 people), with many thanks to Joan’s commitment.
At a national level, Joan was also the founder and President of Autisme la Garriga in Spain, a multidisciplinary organisation that provides services for the entire lifespan of autistic people and their families.
Joan will be missed as a dear friend to many and remembered as a tireless worker who fought to improve the conditions of people with autism. An inspiration to others, Joan’s legacy will not be forgotten.