|Vorm:||Short presentation + discussion|
|Taal:||Engels en Nederlands|
|Max. aantal deelnemers:||n.v.t.|
|Moet je als deelnemer iets meenemen?||Nee|
There are autistic-led organisations and self-advocacy groups in at least twenty-three European countries. A few of them have existed for ten years or more. Until very recently, these groups and organisations appear to have been mostly unaware of each other’s existence, or have had only tenuous links with one or two neighbouring countries, limited to infrequent visits by individual members. Because of language barriers, ideas generated in English-speaking countries, as well as ways to define autistic self-advocacy that are predominant in the English-speaking world, are clearly spread more effectively than those from other countries.
Relatie met het thema van Autminds 2016: (on)zichtbaarheid
Autistic people are not only invisible to the majority of people within their own society. Their lives, problems, organisations and advocacy efforts tend to be invisible to other autistic people in other countries, even the closest neighbouring ones, due to language and cultural barriers. Autistic organisations do not have the resources that many parent organisations have to engage in international networking, and therefore cannot easily benefit from learning about solutions that other autistic communities have developed, or broaden their understanding of what autism can be in environments that differ radically from their own country. The lack of international cooperation also contributes to the invisibility of the collective autistic opinion in international forums such as UN and EU events, and committees that steer the development of research and social policy.