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VIDEO: UN Panel Discussion "Autism: Awareness to Action"

April 01, 2014

(April 1, 2014) -  Today the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the U.N., Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and Autism Speaks co-hosted a panel discussion, "Autism: Awareness to Action," at the United Nations in New York. Learn more about the event here. The discussion was co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the U.N., Permanent Mission of India to the U.N, Permanent Mission of Chile to the U.N and Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the U.N.

Menendez, McCain Urge Senate to Ratify Disabilities Treaty

November 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (November 11, 2013) -- Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John McCain (R-AZ) have an op-ed piece published in USA Today calling on the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In the op-ed,  the Senators the Senate to ratify the treaty, writing, "This treaty is consistent with our nation's interests and values.

WHO Adopts Autism Resolution

Resolution brings formal commitment to action on developmental disabilities by more than 50 countries
June 04, 2013

On May 30, the executive board of the World Health Assembly adopted the resolution “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASD). The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

World Autism Awareness Day at the UN: Tackling Shared Global Challenges

April 03, 2013

Autism Speaks co-hosts UN panel on social, economic and public health challenges faced by individuals, families and societies worldwide

 

Ban Soon-taek, spouse of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, delivered a videotaped message to help open the World Autism Awareness Day panel discussion at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

 

Autism Speaks Applauds the Unanimous Passage of a New UN Resolution on Autism

December 13, 2012

On December 12, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously passed a new resolution calling on governments to take urgent action to improve access to long-term healthcare, education, training and intervention programs for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental disorders (DD), and associated disabilities, at local, national and international levels. The resolution was drafted and tabled by the Mission of Bangladesh with the support of Autism Speaks, and more than 70 co-sponsors.

U.N. Passes Unanimous Resolution Expressing 'Deep Concern' Over Long-Term Challenges for Persons with Autism, Developmental Disorders

Autism Speaks Supports U.N. Call for Urgent Action

Today the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a new resolution calling on governments to take urgent action to improve a

December 12, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 12, 2012) – Today the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously passed a new resolution calling on governments to take urgent action to improve access to long-term healthcare, education, training and intervention programs for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental disorders (DD), and associated disabilities, at local, national and international levels.

UN Convention on Disabilities Fails in Senate

December 04, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2012) -- A vote to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities fell six votes short of the two thirds majority required in the Senate today.

Already approved by 126 other nations, the Convention is modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people worldwide live with a disability, such as autism.