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World Autism Awareness Day
2 April

2017 Observance

Watch the event at UN Headquarters LIVE

“Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”

31 March 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
United Nations Headquarters, Economic and Social Council Chamber


The event is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ecuador, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan and Poland.

Please find additional information on this year’s theme.

10:00 a.m.  WELCOME AND OPENING

10:15 a.m.  KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Speaker Bio)

10:30 a.m.  SUPPORTED vs. SUBSTITUTE DECISION-MAKING (Speakers Bio)

11:00 a.m.  INDIVIDUAL MILESTONES AND LEGAL CAPACITY

A.The Road to Independent Living: From Early Intervention through College (Speakers Bio)

B. Navigating Relationships: Dating, Marriage and Parenthood (Speakers Bio)

C. Vocational Training and Employment: A Key to Independence and Self-Sufficiency (Speakers Bio)

12:30 p.m.  THE WAY FORWARD: THE 2030 AGENDA AND THE COMMITMENT TO LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND (Speakers Bio)

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“Populations in Movement: Addressing the Opportunities and Challenges to Ensure Care and Services to Migrants with Autism and Developmental Disabilities”

Date: Friday, 31 March, 2017
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Location: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber,
United Nations Headquarters


The event is organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, China, India, Quatar, Turkey and Autism Speaks organization

Moderator: Pamela Falk, CBS News, U.N. Resident Correspondent

High-Level Opening Segment:


Expert Panel Discussion:

Interactive Dialogue

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