This is David.
He is becoming an exceptional chess player.
This is Mai.
She loves beaches and the ocean.
This is Kwame.
He is a passionate architect.
The only thing these people have in common…
…is that they all identify as Autistic.
Autistic people have a wide range of talents and challenges that are often not recognized by the world they are born into.
They continue to face discrimination and other challenges.
Levels of awareness and acceptance vary dramatically from country to country.
In recent years, however, major progress has been made in increasing awareness and acceptance.
Thankfully, we are moving away from the narrative of curing or converting autistic people.
We now focus much more on education, support and inclusivity.
This is a major transformation for all autistic people, their allies, and neurodiversity.
It enables autistic people to claim their dignity and self-esteem.
And to become fully integrated as valued members of societies.
This year, we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with a pivotal theme:
Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home, at work, in the arts and in policymaking
Together, we must transform the narrative around neurodiversity to overcome barriers and improve the lives of autistic people.
IPS UN Bureau
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