On World Autism Awareness Day 2020 (April 2nd), Autism-Europe (ae) launched a long-running awareness campaign titled “I can learn. I can work” to inform and raise awareness about access to education and employment for people on the autism spectrum.
AE's campaign “I can learn, I can work”, focuses on two key themes that are central for the social inclusion of autistic people at various stages of their lives: access to education and employment. The campaign is taking place at a critical time, as the EU is currently discussing the future EU Disability Strategy 2020- 2030, for which AE is advocating. The coming years will also see the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights that states that ‘everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market’.
Finding a tool
To help show support for our campaign, we asked people to share pictures or videos of themselves on social media holding a tool to represent their ability to learn and work.
To get people involved in the campaign, Autism-Europe produced a toolkit indicating how to most effectively bring the subject to the attention of the general public.
SUPPORTERS of the campaign
Engaging EU policy-makers
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) express support to the campaign by holding tools to represent their skills.
MEP Miriam Dalli discusses the rights of autistic people in relation to access to education and employment.
MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos discusses the need for increased access to quality education and employment for autistic people.
The state of play of autism was discussed at the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament on November 5th 2019, in Brussels. Many MEPs expressed their support to support employment of autistic people on this occasion.
support from all walks of life
A wide array of individuals, families, associations, institutions, companies and public figures also participated in the campaign.