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World Autism Awareness Day 2023: Building an inclusive society for autistic people


As always, Autism-Europe is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on 2 April and throughout the month of April. This edition is particularly special, as AE celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023. Thus, under the motto ‘Building an inclusive society for autistic people’, this year’s campaign will be an opportunity to reflect on the advances made so far for the autism community and the work that remains to be done to improve the lives of autistic people.

It is in this context that AE invites all of its members and the autism community to join the campaign for #AutismDay2023 and take part in its various activities. First of all, AE launched a photo competition to illustrate the perspectives of autistic people and the ways in which society can be more inclusive. A selection of the pictures received by AE is going to be displayed in an exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels from 27 to 31 March.

Additionally, AE launched a call for video-testimonies to further amplify the voice of autistic people and to share their lived experiences, as well as their vision to continue building a more autism-friendly society. So, AE invites its members, partners and general public to share their testimonies by 10 March 2023. AE prepared a guidelines document available in French and English, where to find suggested questions and technical tips to record your video.  The testimonies will be shared on AE’s social media channels, and AE invites all of its members and supporters to relay these messages throughout the month of April.

Then, on 30 March 2023, AE is co-organising a conference alongside MEP Rosa Estaràs at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Join us to mark Autism-Europe’s 40th anniversary!

Forty years ago, Autism-Europe was founded to promote the rights of autistic people and their families across Europe. Even though much remains to be done, AE and its members have come a long way together!

To celebrate this milestone, AE invites all of its members to join this campaign and also to use its anniversary logo for the occasion. You can find and download the logo and campaign visuals in this Facebook album.

Translations of the visuals will be available upon request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carmen Clemente, AE’s Communications and Campaigns Manager, at communication@autismeurope.org.

AE looks forward to seeing you all join World Autism Awareness Day 2023, always using the hashtag #AutismDay2023 on social media!


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