These twenty-five pictures highlight talents and enthusiasm. They also offer some precious insight into the lives of autistic people and their families. Thanks to these testimonies, the viewer perceives the richness of their difference and what they can bring to society, as well as their desire to be heard and empowered. However, some also call out the stigmatisation and exclusion that autistic people still too often experience.
At display at the European Parliament in Brussels from 27 to 31 March 2023, this exhibition aims at promoting a better understanding of autism and its diversity to ensure that autistic people are accepted and valued for who they are.
Understanding alone, however, is not enough. Society needs to be inclusive and accessible to all. These pictures highlight that autistic people must have access to the right support throughout their lives so that they can make their own choices and be fully included in their communities, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). As Autism-Europe celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023, we call on all members of society to join in so that it finally becomes a reality.