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World Autism Awareness Day
2 April

Events in 2015

“Employment: The Autism Advantage”

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 4

The launch of a Call to Action inviting business to make concrete commitments to employ persons with autism took place at an event entitled “Employment: The Autism Advantage” in observance of World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, 2 April 2015.

Speakers included Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Governor Jack Markell of Delaware, and business executives from Ernst & Young, Freddie Mac, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, SAP and more. Bill Blakemore, award winning correspondent with ABC News, moderated.

The 2015 observance of World Autism Awareness Day was organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in cooperation with The Specialist People Foundation, with the support of the United Nations Global Compact. The event was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Denmark, Israel, the Republic of Korea, Peru, Poland and Sri Lanka to the United Nations.

The event focused on measures required to support growth in employment opportunities for people on the autism spectrum. The intention was to demonstrate that people with autism can be valued employees for employers who understand their unique and often exceptional skills, as well as what it takes to create work environments where people with autism can excel.

See webcast of the event or click on each speaker below to see a clip of their presentation.

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening

10:30 a.m. Session 1: Setting the Scene

Presentations from the floor

11:15 a.m. Session 2: Autism at Work

Presentations from the floor

12:50 p.m. Wrap-up

"Science, Collaboration & Answers for the Global Autism Community"

Panel discussion from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the ECOSOC Chamber organized by the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar, The Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
and Autism Speaks and co-sponsored by The Permanent Missions of India and Nigeria and the Republic of Korea

Followed by a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the East Lounge hosted by the Permanent Missions of Qatar and Bangladesh to the United Nations

Download the invitation PDF document

Download the concept note PDF document

Opening Session

Opening Remarks By:

1) H.E. Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen: Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations.
2) H.E. Ambassador Alya Ahmed S. Al-Thani: Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations.

Panel Discussion: Ms. Rebecca Jarvis introduces panelists and begins Q&A with:

Post-Event Reception

Reception Programme:

Musical Presentation By Ms. Talina Toscano.

Art Exhibition by AlShafallah Centre (QATAR).

Please RSVP to eventspmun@mofa.gov.qa


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