UN World Autism Awareness Day

2018 Autism Advantage Luncheon

The 2018 Autism Advantage Luncheon event is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in collaboration with Specialisterne Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan and Poland, and organized with the support of CognoaGoogleJPMChaseMicrosoftStandard Chartered Bank and Tatiana Copeland.

Thank you to the United Nations and our sponsors. The event was a resounding success. If you couldn’t be there, you can Watch the video of the 2018 Autism Advantage Luncheon here. Or you can follow the link (requires login to flickr) to watch the slide show of the event. Read more about the event UN Autism Advantage Luncheon 2018.


2016 Theme: “Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity”

If you did not follow the event live, you can now watch it online UN WAAD 2016.

World Autism Awareness Day is 2 April. Last year, the day was celebrated and hosted by the UN Friday 1 April. Specialisterne Foundation attended the event and participated in putting autism on the 2030 Agenda.

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the ambitious new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that promise to leave no one behind.

Autism and other forms of disability are part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity. As such, the United Nations has emphasized the need to mainstream disability in the Organization’s development agenda to ensure that inequalities are not perpetuated. Moreover, Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes “the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others,” and to a “work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.”

This year, Specialisterne Foundation is particularly proud to take part i the celebration of the WAAD 2016 as associated with the UN Department of Public Information.
Founder, Thorkil Sonne, took part in a panel discussing decent work and economic growth as outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.

Last year’s event was broadcasted live and is available on UN Web TV, the whole video lasting 3 hours 12 minutes.