Governments Must Invest in Stronger Community Support Systems, Inclusive Education Programmes for Autistic People, Says Secretary-General, Marking World Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Autism Awareness Day, observed on 2 April:

World Autism Awareness Day is a moment to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of autistic people in every country and community.

But around the world, they continue to confront barriers to their fundamental rights to education, employment and social inclusion — as called for by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As a matter of fundamental rights, Governments must invest in stronger community support systems, inclusive education and training programmes, and accessible and technology-based solutions to enable persons with autism to enjoy the same rights as others.

Scaling-up support and investment in countries and communities requires working hand-in-hand with persons with autism and their allies.

Today and every day, let’s unite to realize their rights, and ensure an inclusive and accessible world for all.

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