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UN chief urges world community on World Autism Awareness Day to integrate people with autism into society
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 02 Apr 2014

Raising the concern for differently-abled people on World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), being celebrating today (April 2), the UN chief Ban Ki-moon called upon the world community to take actions for fostering progress by supporting special education programmes to realize the shared vision of a more inclusive world.

Ban, in his message on WAAD, urged the society to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and help them realize their great potential for education, employment and integration through sustained action.

"Education and employment are key. Schools connect children to their communities. Jobs connect adults to their societies. Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path.  By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, we can change attitudes and promote respect.  By creating suitable jobs for adults with autism, we integrate them into society," said Ban in his message issued by the UN.

Reminding the world community about the UN's Convention on the 'Rights of Persons with Disabilities', Ban in his message added, "World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."