Autism-EuropeAutisme-Europe Aisbl, Bruxelles, Belgium
Autism-Europe (AE) is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of autistic people and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.
It ensures effective liaison among almost 90 members autism organisations from 38 European countries, including 26 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions.
AE plays a key role in raising public awareness, and in influencing the European decision-makers on all issues relating to the rights of autistic people, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
AE works with its members to:
- Advocate for the rights of people with autism before the European institutions;
- Monitor European laws and policies;
- Promote appropriate care, education, training and employment, living support, accessible medical and social services, professional diagnosis, early intervention, protection from discrimination and better social inclusion to foster the well-being of people on the autism spectrum;
- Promote the exchange of information, good practices and experience in the field of autism;
- Promote awareness of autism.
Role in AIMS-2-TRIALS
Autism-Europe is involved in Project 5, Policy and communication, notably by:
- Contributing to the creation and activities of the first European-wide autism community consultation group, the Autism Representatives Group (A-Reps), that will be providing input on various aspects of the project across work packages.
- Drafting policy recommendations addressed to the EU and its member states to reduce health inequalities and improve the lives of autistic people across Europe, in cooperation with the A-reps, the University of Cambridge, and Autistica.
- Contributing to the development of an international educational programme addressing the educational needs and interests of key stakeholders. We will co-design and provide training materials for different audiences including the public, the autism community, medical professionals, and researchers.
- Supporting dissemination of information related to the project to interested stakeholders
Cristina Fernandez Alvarez de Eulate
Advocacy and Project Officer