Guterres: We should ensure full participation of people with autism in social, cultural and economic life

Let us work with all persons with disabilities, representative organizations to find innovative solutions to recover better, to build a better world for all.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, said that everybody should work together to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and one key goal must be to build a more inclusive and accessible world that recognizes the contributions of all people, including persons with disabilities.

Guterres, in a message on the World Autism Awareness Day, added that the crisis has created new obstacles and challenges,  but efforts to reignite the global economy offer an opportunity to reimagine the workplace to make diversity, inclusion and equity a reality.

“Recovery is also a chance to rethink our systems of education and training to ensure that persons with autism are afforded opportunities for realizing their potential” he said. 

Breaking old habits will be crucial for Guterres who emphasized that for persons with autism, access to decent work on an equal basis requires creating an enabling environment, along with reasonable accommodation.

“To truly leave no one behind in pursuit of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, we must realize the rights of all persons with disabilities, including persons with autism, ensuring their full participation in social, cultural and economic life” Guterres underlined.

“Let us work together with all persons with disabilities and their representative organizations to find innovative solutions to recover better and build a better world for all” he said.

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