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World Autism Awareness Day
2 April

2017 Observance

“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.

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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)

Autism Advantage Luncheon

31 March 2017, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Delegates Dining Room, United Nations Headquarters

Stakeholders including employers, academics, and government and community representatives discussed best practices aimed at providing employment opportunities for persons with autism. Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on “Work and Employment”, recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others, and to a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.

The event was organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in collaboration with Specialisterne Foundation. It was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Armenia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ecuador, Israel, Kazakhstan and Poland, and organized with the support of SAP, Google, Microsoft, and the Jeffery R. and Katie C. Nelson Family Foundation.

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

Friday, 31 March, 2017. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, United Nations Headquarters


The event was 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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