Autism-Europe is a European network of associations of parents of persons with autism all around Europe. Its main objective is to promote and protect the human rights of persons with autism and their families and help improve their lives.
Autism-Europe has 77 national and regional associations in 30 European countries including 14 E.U. Member States. Its Board is composed of 32 members, mainly parents of persons with autism, its Executive Committee comprises 5 members from different countries.
Aims and activities:
Autism-Europe's aim is to promote and protect the human rights of persons with autism. As a European umbrella organisation, it co-ordinates the efforts of its member organisations at European level and ensures effective liaison with the EU institutions. AUTISM-EUROPE also ensure that the needs and interests of this vulnerable group of citizens are taken on board in all relevant political decisions taken at European level. In 1996, the Charter of Rights of Persons with Autism was adopted as a Written Declaration by the European Parliament.
Autism-Europe also plays a key role in disseminating information throughout its network, supporting research activities, raising awareness among decision-makers at all levels, and promoting transnational exchange programmes.
Autism-Europe is a founding member of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Gilbert Huyberechts, our Treasurer, has been Senior Vice-President since 1999 ensuring that people with severe and complex dependency needs and their families are well represented within EDF. AUTISM-EUROPE is also founding member of the Social Platform.
Autism-Europe organises a major international congress every three years which attracts more than 1.500 delegates from all around the world. The 7th Congress will take place in Lisbon in November 2003.
In 1998, Autism-Europe initiated the launch of the World Autism Organisation to co-ordinate the work of associations all around the world and represent persons with autism to international institutions (WHO, UNESCO, etc.).