I extend my warmest welcome to all who have come together for this important observance.
The turnout today is a welcome sign of solidarity among experts, activists, governmental officials and, above all, the individuals and families affected most directly.
Your numbers and presence here show that autism is gaining a higher profile at the United Nations and around the world.
I call that progress. But I also call it only a beginning.
Tens of millions of people around the world are on the autism spectrum.
The disorder can strike anyone, anywhere.