Respect,Acceptance,Inclusion Discover the World Autism Awareness Day campaign run by Autism-Europe in 2016
The campaign is based on the social model of disability and has a strong rights-based approach, recalling the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to trigger the conditions for an inclusive society. This is reflected in the campaign manifesto, which outlines Autism-Europe’s call for action to policy-makers.
The manifesto addresses a list of pressing issues that decision-makers in Europe must tackle to ensure autistic people are given the opportunities to thrive, not least the push for the creation of a European Strategy for Autism as laid out in the Written Declaration on Autism passed by Members of the European Parliament in 2015.
The relay baton
To show support for the campaign, people were asked to take photographs of themselves passing a relay baton. This symbol was chosen because, as well as embodying an act of acceptance and inclusion, through its reference to sport the relay baton highlights the strength that comes from working together and complementing each other’s talents.
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.
engaging eu policy-makers
The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen publicly showed her support by appearing with our campaign logo.
Furthermore, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all over Europe passed the baton to show their support for the respect, acceptance and inclusion of people on the autism spectrum.
Personalities such us the players of FC Bayern München and Club Atlético de Madrid, acting Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy, Italian Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin or the First Lady of Malta, Michelle Muscat publicly supported this campaign.
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To spread the word about Autism-Europe’s campaign, partners from the project also appeared in photos passing the baton to support the respect, acceptance and inclusion of persons with autism.
Partners of the ESIPP project from Cyprus, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia and UK also joined Autism-Europe in passing the baton ahead of World Autism Awareness Day.
The closing of this long-running campaign, and Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress, will coincide with the Paralympic games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The visual identity of the campaign, with the relay baton symbolising respect, acceptance and inclusion, goes hand in hand with the theme of sport.
Our campaign will again rebuild momentum around the dates of the Paralympic games and bring back to the forefront the key message “Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion”.
The title of this year’s congress is “Happy, healthy and empowered” and will continue exploring the themes raised during the “Respect, Acceptance, Inclusion” campaign. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are dedicated to sharing advances in practical and scientific knowledge about autism to as wide an audience as possible, including researchers, professionals, parents and self-advocates.