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On World Autism Awareness Day, UN officials call for inclusive societies

On the eve of the World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the contributions to humanity made by people with autism, noting that shunning them is a “violation of human rights” and a “waste of human potential.”

Addressing a commemorative event held by the UN in New York on the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft stressed that “autism and other forms of disability are part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity.”

Titled Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity, the event also featured a keynote speech by Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.


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Watch here the Video message of Ban Ki-moon at the 2016 World Autism Awareness Day