Events in 2013

Musical Performance and Panel Discussions

2 April, 1:15 - 6 pm Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building

Presented by the Permanent Mission of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Department of Public Information. Sponsored by Dr. Stephen Shore, Professor at Adelphi University; The Miracle Project; The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation; The Autism Research Institute; and Autism Awareness Australia.

  • (1:15p.m.) Welcoming remarks: Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary_General for Communications and Public Information
  • (1:20-1:30 p.m.) Musical performance: The Miracle Project and Talina. All performers are on the autism spectrum.
  • (1:30-3:30 p.m.) Panel 1: “Celebrating the ability within the disability of autism”

    Introduction by H.E. Mr. Eduardo Jose A. De Vega, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.

    Panelists: Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project; Dr. Stephen Shore, Adelphi University; Dr. Barry Prizant, Brown University; Abelardo David, Director of Independent Living Learning Centers (Philippines); Jean Marie Gonzales, Project T.E.A.C.H. (Philippines).

    Moderator: Linda Fiddle, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
  • (4:00-5:30 p.m.) Panel 2: “Transition to Adulthood”

    Panelists: Dr. Stephen Shore; Neal Katz, teenager with autism who was featured in “Autism The Musical”; Fazli Azeem (Pakistan), Fulbright Scholar who is himself on the autism spectrum; Idil Abdull, Parent Advocate, Somali American Autism Foundation; Dr. Valerie Paradiz, Autistic Global Initiative of the Autism Research Institute.

    Moderators: Jacqueline Aidenbaum, United Nations, and Nicole Rogerson, Autism Awareness Australia.

    Panel 2 Invitation PDF
  • (5:30-6:00 p.m.) Wrap-up discussion and Q&A: Next steps, with Dr. Shore
  • (6:00-6:30 p.m.) Reception

    With musical performance by Ethan Walmark, 7 year old musical prodigy. Reception will take place in front of the Mandela Wall in NLB. The reception is sponsored by the Australia Autism Awareness.

    Persons without UN Grounds Pass are asked to kindly RSVP to by Sunday, 31 March 2013.

Panel discussion "Implementation of Resolution A/67/L.33"

2 April, 10 am - 1 pm, Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building

Autism speaks On the occasion of the Sixth Annual World Autism Awareness Day adopted by the United Nations General Assembly the pleasure of your company is requested at a panel discussion on the implementation of Resolution A/67/L.33, addressing the socioeconomic needs of individuals, families, and societies affected by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders.

No RSVP required.


Book signing by author Stephen Shore of “Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome”

2 April, 12 - 1 pm, United Nations Bookshop, Concourse Level, GA Building

Presented by the UN Department of Public Information

Beyond the Wall cover

Stephen Shore’s book, “Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome”, 2nd ed. will be sold during the “Meet the Author” series on World Autism Awareness Day.

This honest, courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography.

Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore combines the three voices of an individual with autism, an expert in the field of autism and special education, and educator, to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have autism and Asperger Syndrome.

“Beyond the Wall” uses the autobiographical structure to address the challenges in education, sensory issues, and the meaningful inclusion of children with autism in the music curriculum.

The book also explores successful navigation of transition to adulthood in the area of self-advocacy, higher education, relationships employment, and more!

Autographed books by Stephen Shore will be available for sale on a first-come / first-serve basis. A brief Q&A session will follow the book-signing by the author Stephen Shore. No RSVP required.

Film screening of "This Is My Child"

4 April, 1:15 – 2:30 pm Conference Room E, North Lawn Building

Presented by the UN Department of Public Information, the Israeli National Autism Association, and the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations

This is my Child

"This is my Child" is a film is about how families deal with the challenges of having children with autism. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hagit Ron Rabinovich, journalist and mother of an autistic child, as well as Einat Cassuto, General Director of ALUT, the Israeli National Autism Association. A light lunch will be served near the venue from 12:30 p.m. Kindly RSVP to

Film Screening InvitationPDF