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“Building an inclusive society for autistic people”

In 2023, Autism-Europe conducted a Europe-wide awareness raising campaign with its members dedicated to “Building an inclusive society for autistic people"

As always, Autism-Europe (AE) celebrated World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April and throughout the month of April. 2023 also marked a special occasion, as AE celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Thus, under the motto “Building an inclusive society for autistic people”, 2023 campaign was an opportunity to reflect on the advances made so far for the autism community and the work that remains to improve the lives of autistic people.


AE drafted a manifesto to highlight the priorities of this WAAD 2023 campaign to address the autistic community’s needs. 

AE launched a call on European, national and regional policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure the full enjoyment of the rights and needs of autistic people in Europe, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The UNCRPD has been ratified by 45 out of the 46 member countries of the Council of Europe (CoE), including by all EU member states and by the European Union itself in 2010.

To implement the UNCRPD at EU level, the European Commission launched in March 2021 its second Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which will run until 2030. Autistic people’s needs should be adequately addressed when implementing it in all areas, both at EU and Member States levels.   

Download the manifesto (EN) here.

Upon request, the manifesto could be translated in other languages. Please find in this folder the manifesto translations available at the moment.

Campaign toolkit

We prepared a document detailing aims and strategies of this year’s WAAD campaign, which will be carried out through different communication means and activities.

Go through this toolkit to learn how you can engage in our #AutismDay2023 campaign, and download useful communication material!

Please remember to use the hashtag #AutismDay2023 on social media!

Download the toolkit (EN) here.

Translations of the policy messages visuals contained in the toolkit are available in Estonian, Croatian, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Turkish in this folder. If you wish to have them adapted in other languages, please consult the toolkit.

Campaign activities

In this context, we invited all our members and the autism community to join the campaign for #AutismDay2023 and take part in its various activities.

  • Photo competition: AE launched this contest to illustrate the perspectives of autistic people and their lived experiences, as well as how society can be more inclusive. The deadline to participate was 27th February 2023 and each participant could submit up to 5 original photos (more information here). A selection of pictures is going to be displayed in a 1-week exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels at the end of March 2023 – more information and registration for the opening event here.
  • Events at the European Parliament: to mark World Autism Awareness Day, AE co-organised a conference with MEP Rosa Estarás (EPP, Spain) at the European Parliament in Brussels on 30 March 2023 (more information and registration here). Few days earlier, on 28 March, AE organised an opening event for the photo exhibition lasting from 27 to 31 March 2023. 

AE’s 40th anniversary logo

40 years ago, AE was founded to promote the rights of autistic people and their families across Europe. Even though much remains to be done, we have come a long way together! To celebrate this milestone, we invite our members to use our anniversary logo.

You can find and download the different versions in this folder. Translations of the visuals will be available upon request.