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World Autism Awareness Day 2011

Florence Bauer, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. - talking points at the Conference: “EARLY DETECTION, DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTION AS A KEY TO SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF AUTISM AND OTHER NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS”
Sarajevo, 4 April 2011

• It is a pleasure to be here today to represent the UN system in this important conference organised on the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day and I would like to thank the Academy of Sciences and Arts for hosting this event. .
• As we know, Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and that has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies. It is estimated that 35 to 67 million people live with autism around the world.
• Children and persons with autistic conditions often lack adequate support and have limited access to services such as schools and health care. They also face major challenges associated with stigma and discrimination and suffer from abuse and isolation, in violation of their fundamental human rights.
• This is why the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from this disorder.
• This Day also falls under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which entered into force in 2008, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights.
• It also falls under the European Union agenda as part of the “Europe 2020” strategy which focuses on social inclusion and on the integration of people with disabilities.
• As part of our mandates, the United Nations family has been promoting the rights and well-being of people living with disabilities, including children with developmental disabilities.

 

 

 

 

Talking points (full text)

TALKING POINTS
MS. FLORENCE BAUER’S SPEECH AT THE CONFERENCE:
“EARLY DETECTION, DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTION AS A KEY TO SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF AUTISM AND OTHER NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS”
Venue: Bistrik 7, ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND ARTS OF BIH
Sarajevo, 4 April 2011
Time: 10.00- 10.30


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