World Autism Awareness Day 2014 - UN calls for measures to create a more inclusive world for people with autism

 

This year, on World Autism Awareness Day the United Nations Secretary-General has called on governments and others around the world to take measures to support inclusion of people with autism through education and employment.

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, states: "World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."

That is exactly what the FIRST project aims to do - Open Book is a tool supported by the European Union to increase the inclusion of people with autism in all aspects of life, including education and work, by making information easier to understand.

World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly six years ago to be held on April 2; an annual day to draw attention to the urgent needs of people with autism around the world.

More information:

United Nations Secretary-General’s message for World Autism Awareness Day 2014

Autism-Europe's 2014 campaign on autism and employment