On 18 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, which declares 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Since then, Autism-Europe has worked alongside its member organisations to carry out awareness-raising campaigns on autism and the rights of autistic people across Europe.
World Autism Awareness Day encourages all Member States to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis, support and inclusion, improving the quality of life of autistic people.
Each year, Autism-Europe works together with its member organisations to conduct campaigns to raise awareness of autism and the rights of autistic people across Europe:
Activities and events in Europe
Autism-Europe members organise a wide range of events and activities across Europe to mark World Autism Awareness Day each year. For more information on these, please go to our members page and contact them directly.