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WAAD 2020 and COVID-19
27 March 2020
Covid-19 and the autism community
World Autism Awareness Day 2020 is approaching : Get involved! 
Dear readers,

Autism-Europe and its members across Europe want to make sure that autistic people and their families feel supported at this difficult time. In this newsletter, you will find useful resources pertaining to the current Covid-19 situation which we will update regularly. We have also highlighted the key demands of the disability movement to decision-makers. Please consider taking part in our survey about the current situation and needs of autistic people during the Covid-19 spread.


World Autism Awareness Day is next week, and we invite you to join our online campaign to promote the right to access to education and employment for autistic people. Feel free to share your stories and express your support on social media! Let's continue to strive for an inclusive society for all, together!

We wish you all the best,

Autism-Europe’s secretariat
Resources and requests from the autism community in light of COVID-19
Autism-Europe is currently gathering useful resources and tips from across the world to support autistic people and their families. We also highlight the challenges and needs faced by the autism community at this difficult time. Please inform us about your own initiatives or any resources that you come across and would like to share.
Survey about the needs of autistic people and their families during the COVID-19 spread

Autism Europe has put together a survey at this time for members of the autism community to share their experiences regarding the COVID-19 situation across Europe. 
Click here to take the survey
Join our campaign "I can learn. I can work"
How to participate

This year, visibility for World Autism Awareness Day will be reduced due to the COVID-19 situation. Although this year is different from others, if you are interested, there are still ways to get involved with the campaign remotely and online. Anyone can take part and show their support for access to quality inclusive education and access to employment for autistic people.
Engaging online

• Find a tool that represents one of your skills and then hold it;
• Make a video/ GIF of yourself holding the tool (and maybe using it);
• OR take a picture of yourself doing this;
• Share it on social media using the #AutismDay2020 hashtag.
*Alternatively, you can just take a picture of yourself holding the visual of the campaign.
Click below to download campaign materials:
Click here to download the Manifesto
Click here to download the Toolkit in French
Click here to download the Toolkit in English
Click here to download the Easy-to-read Guide
Click here below to download the campaign materials in your language:
If there are any languages that you speak and you would like to see them on the list above, feel free to send us a translation and we can create materials! 
Click here to download the campaign wording for translation
A few days left for our online competition "I can work"!
We have been collecting testimonials about positive initiatives for the employment of autistic people for the past few weeks to be used in a publication on employment. With this live platform, we would also like to give you the opportunity to showcase positive examples if you would like to share them with a broad audience across Europe.

If you are an individual on the autism spectrum, a relative, an employer or any other interested stakeholder, share your story now!

 
Deadline Actions can be uploaded and voted on until 30 March 2020 (23:59 GMT +2)
Visit the competition website
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EDITORIAL NOTE
 
Director of publication: Aurélie Baranger
Editor: Catherine Canil

Readers are invited to reproduce the information provided the source is quoted. Please note that AE cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.
 
Should you wish to make any contribution, please do not hesitate to contact: Catherine Canil | +32 (0)2675 75 05 | communication@autismeurope.org
 


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