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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


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.


March 30
9 h 00 min - 11 h 00 min


MEP Rosa Estarás


European Parliament
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Bruxelles, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de;Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 1047 Belgium
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