Use COVID-19 recovery to make inclusion ‘a reality’, UN chief says on World Day

Building a more inclusive and accessible world that recognizes the contributions of all people, including persons with disabilities must be a “key goal” as countries work to recover from COVID-19 pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, commemorating World Autism Awareness Day. 

UN celebrates voice and visibility of women and girls with autism

Activists, ambassadors and actors gathered at the United Nations on Thursday to underline their commitment to empowering women and girls with autism, a lifelong neurological condition that begins in childhood and is characterized by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language.

Women and girls with autism must be empowered to overcome discrimination they face, says UN chief

On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has joined the global call to empower women and girls with autism and involve them and their advocates in policy and decision-making to address the challenges they face.

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, autism and outer space

South Sudan “on a trajectory towards mass atrocities”: UN chief

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Africans “yet to understand the meaning of autism”

African societies have yet to understand what “autism” means according to Uganda’s Ambassador to the UN.

Richard Nduhuura said that generating awareness about autism across the continent, was an important step towards removing stigma surrounding it.

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'Benjamin’s Story' short film raises awareness of autism

A young autistic filmmaker has visited the UN to look at how recently agreed development targets will benefit people living with the condition.

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World Autism Awareness Day: UN urges early interventions for people on autism spectrum

Early interventions can help people on the autism spectrum reach significant gains in their abilities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, urging international attention to autism and other developmental disorders.

General Assembly President calls for closure of ‘awareness gap’ for developing countries’ response to autism

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, today called for more to be done to close an “awareness gap” in terms of developing countries’ knowledge of autism and how to treat the illness.

Ban highlights talents of autism community, reaffirms UN’s resolve to raise awareness

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the United Nations’ continued commitment to raising awareness on the challenges that people with autism face, while highlighting the many talents that are sometimes overlooked in people with the condition.

Autism Awareness Day should spur action to combat discrimination, says Ban

The annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day should spur global action to combat the “unacceptable” discrimination, abuse and isolation that people with the disorder and their loved ones face, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.