Early interventions can help people on the autism spectrum reach significant gains in their abilities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, urging international attention to autism and other developmental disorders.
“Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential,” Mr. Ban said in his message on World Autism Awareness Day, which is marked annually on 2 April.
“International attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures,” he added.
In her video message for the Day, Ban Soon-taek, the Secretary-General's wife, noted the UN's commitment to raising awareness about autism
In November, the General Assembly held a High-level Special Event on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Member States adopted a new resolution encouraging governments to strengthen research and expand their delivery of health, education, employment and other essential services.