(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.
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Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, issued two statements in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.
“It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the 7th annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd and the incredible work of Autism Speaks in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people globally. In epitomizing the message of “turning awareness into action,” Bob and Suzanne Wright are beacons of blue light, radiating across our global community. Let us continue to work hand-in-hand, side by side. Now is the time to strive for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of those on the spectrum and ensure opportunities to realize their potential. International attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures.”
“I commend the Autism Society of Korea [ASK] on their impressive efforts to acknowledge World Autism Awareness Day by participating in the Light It Up Blue campaign. As the only organization solely serving for individuals with autism in the region, ASK continues the noble mission of improving the quality life of individuals with autism since 2006. May we all be united in this mission. Keep up the excellent work.”