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Governing body of World Health Organization makes autism a global health priority, with commitments by all member nations
May 23, 2014

Today the World Health Assembly adopted a formal resolution making autism a global health priority. The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, the resolution brings a formal commitment by member states of the United Nations.

Autism Speaks participated in the first-ever World Meeting of Disabilities in Guayaquil, Ecuador, an unprecedented event in the region

November 27, 2013

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR (November 27, 2013) – On November 25th and 26th, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, participated in the first-ever World Meeting of Disabilities in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Hosted by Secretaria Tecnica (the Technical Secretariat of Disabilities) and overseen by the office of the Ecuadorian Vice President, an event of this kind is unprecedented in the region.

New Malaysian program will work with Autism Speaks to raise awareness & sensitivity; Malaysia’s first lady praises collaboration
September 29, 2013

Malaysia’s newly founded autism program – Permata Kurnia – has announced that it will collaborate with Autism Speaks to enhance national awareness and community sensitivity to the needs of individuals with autism. The announcement comes on the heels of Autism Speaks’ Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism, in New York City. The Sept.

Andy Shih delivers call for action at WHO's 1st conference on autism and other developmental disorders, co-sponsored by Autism Speaks
September 17, 2013



Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened its historic first conference on autism. The Geneva meeting represents the first step in enacting the recently passed World Health Assembly resolution on autism.