Activities of Autism-Europe

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Received: 18. 04. 2009

Accepted: 30. 04. 2009

Considering April 2nd as the World Autism Day, the association Autism-Europe promoted its activities that had been realised during the previous period, primarily assessing the needs of persons with autism in the field of health care, education and employment. Guided by the fact that such needs are not sufficiently taken into account, as well as daily violations of human rights against people with autism across EU countries, Autism-Europe particularly recommends the 10 following measures:

1. Improving the existing indicators on specific health care services in order to be able to measure the proportion of persons with autism or a complex dependency needs disability benefiting from adequate rehabilitation programmes.

2. Reinforcing the initial and continuous training of health professionals on the internationally accepted diagnostic systems and evidence based treatments and ensuring an appropriate training of professionals in charge of the education of persons with autism.

3. Ensuring a partnership between parents and professionals in order to determine appropriate educational or other programmes.

4. Ensuring equal enrolment and access for all to the education systems, and ensuring equal opportunities to develop individual potential in every kind and level of education, regardless of the nature or severity of disability.

5. Integrating the specific behavioural and communication features and needs of persons with autism or a complex dependency needs disability into the standard education systems by means of the continuous training of parents and professionals.

6. Reinforcing life-long education and training of persons with autism.

7. Strengthening and adapting support at the workplace to the needs of persons with autism.

8. Having an environment that fosters communication and is adapted to the problems of behaviour faced by persons with autism.

9. Choosing a way of living either at home or in a residential setting with adequate support from health and education services.

10. Having access to a good quality of life in terms of physical, emotional, social and material well-being.

Important activities that were promoted by Autism-Europe are the following:

* Appointing Magali Vlayen as a new administrative assistant in the Autism-Europe Secretariat in Brussels. …