The release of the European Disability Strategy for 2021-2030 and the Action Plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as the announcement of the Child Guarantee mark the first months of 2021. These landmarks to support the rights of people with disability in the European Union will set the pace for our campaign actions, as access to education and employment for autistic people have a strong presence within these instruments.
There have been many changes and challenges over the last year and, in order to better address the needs of the autism community at this time, we have adapted our campaign to take into account the current situation. In addition to access to education and employment, the campaign will also address specific COVID-19 related topics including distance education, reasonable accommodation, mental health and pandemic related challenges.
“I can LEARN. I can WORK” Webinar
On March 30 2021, prior to World Autism Awareness Day, Autism-Europe (AE) hosted the webinar “I can LEARN. I can WORK”, as a part of its long-running awareness campaign 2020-2021.
Autistic people and their families, autism organisations, professionals, employers, EU policy-makers and the general population are called to make part of this collaborative event.
This webinar also counts with a series of testimonials of autistic people and their families across Europe about their experiences with the above mentioned topics.
Total duration: 2 hours
Language of the webinar: English
Download the programme
How can I support the campaign
- Find a tool that represents one of your skills;
- Make a video/ GIF of yourself holding the tool (and maybe using it);
- OR take a picture of yourself holding the tool (and maybe using it);
- Share it on social media using the #AutismDay2021 hashtag.
*Alternatively, you can just take a picture of yourself holding the visual of the campaign.
The campaign theme and gesture
In the framework of its Strategy 2018-2021, Autism-Europe is promoting access to quality inclusive education (including to university and vocational training) and access to employment. Our main objective is to enhance the inclusion and participation of people on the autism spectrum in Europe and ultimately improve their quality of life. In order to echo this message globally, the slogan of the campaign is “I can LEARN. I can WORK”.
Everyone in society – whether they are autistic or not – has certain strengths that can be harnessed to progress in education and to access employment successfully. With our campaign, we want supporters to show the diversity of ability that society can nurture to be more inclusive. Everyone is different and will express their strengths in different ways.
Anyone can take part in the campaign, whether they are autistic or not, to show that no one should be excluded or discriminated against. People on the autism spectrum are not second-class citizens, but full members of society. Autistic people should have equal opportunities to make the most out of their potential in education and the world of work thanks to accessible, supportive environments, and with reasonable accommodation. Anyone at school, university, or in vocational training, apprenticeships, or work can make a difference to make society more open and inclusive of diversity.
The campaign toolkit
The campaign toolkit explains the idea behind the theme and outlines in detail how and when you can support the campaign in whichever way you prefer. The toolkit brings together recommendations on how you too make people more aware of diversity and inclusion, and build momentum in pushing for a more inclusive society, notably in relation to education and employment.
The toolkit includes:
- New tools for 2021: teasers with key messages for Facebook- LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram
- Visual Identity: official visual/ logo (in its 5 colour versions, and vectorise), A4 version of the visual for printing, support images, font.
- Marketing tools: Web ads, flyers, posters, infographics, email signature.
- Promotional tools: business card, roll-up banner, table-tent, A4 document template.
- Social Media tools: teasers and resources for Facebook- LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Advocacy and PR tools: Manifesto, Press Release 2021
- Easy to Read version of the toolkit
- Easy to Read toolkit Annex.
Highlights of the campaign so far
To showcase, the impact of the campaign this year, we have put together a photo album.