Conference at the European Parliament for World Autism Awareness Day 2023
March 30 @ 9 h 00 min - 11 h 00 min
As every year, Autism-Europe is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on 2 April and throughout the month of April. 2023 also marks a special occasion, as AE celebrates its 40th anniversary. This year’s WAAD campaign will be 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.
In this context, Autism-Europe and MEP Rosa Estarás (EPP, Spain) are organising the conference “Building an inclusive society for autistic people”. Participants will have the chance to hear first-hand experiences from autistic people and learn more on how to foster a more inclusive society for them, as well as key policy-developments to address their challenges.
The conference will take place at the European Parliament, allowing remote access via Webex.
Place: European Parliament in Brussels
Date: Thursday 30 March 2023
Time: 9 – 11 AM
Please see the programme of the event:
09.00 – 09.20 – Welcome by MEP Rosa Estaràs and MEP Dolors Montserrat
09.20 – 09.40 – Listening to the experiences of young autistic people about social inclusion, access to education and the labour market
- Teacher: Mireia Castañeda Nicolau
- Student: Jose Cansado Estarás
- Student: Joan Jesús Bisbal Mora
09.40 – 10.00 – From neurodiversity to neuroharmony: fostering a society that works for autistic people – Peter Vermeulen, Sterkmakers in autisme / Autism in Context
10.00 – 10.20 – A Scientific Look at Recruitment: Examining Unconscious Biases Facing Autistic Talents – Vincent Grimaldi de Puget
10.20 – 10.30 – Developing an Autism strategy at national level to better address the needs of autistic people: the Spanish example – María Pindado, Confederación Autismo Espana
10.30 – 10.40 – Key building blocks for an inclusive society for autistic people – Harald Neerland, President of Autism-Europe
10.45 – 10.55 – Q&A and exchange with the conference participants
10.55 – Closing
DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME HERE.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE ONLINE (registration to attend in person at the EP is closed).
Important: the deadline for registration is 22 March at 23:59.
Download the press release about the WAAD 2023 events here.