Autism Advantage Luncheons
The purpose of the Autism Advantage Luncheons is to promote employment of autistic persons globally, in support of Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on work and employment, which recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others, and to a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.
As an NGO associated with the UN Department of Global Communications, Specialisterne Foundation has organized five Autism Advantage Luncheons in New York, China, India and Indonesia bringing together local, national and global stakeholders for a discussion around the autism advantage. In 2019, through the luncheons held in Bangalore/India and Jakarta/Indonesia we brought together:
- 200+ participants traveling from various regions of India (New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Karnataka, Bangalore) & Indonesia but also from Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, USA and China
- Self-advocates, parents, educators, teachers, practitioners, government representatives, companies, business associations, NGOs, academicians and United Nations representatives
India fears autism and believe they require greater effort and resources. What I would like to share at the luncheon is that autism does not require more resources but the willingness and love to take the first step.
All education institutions from kindergartens to universities must be inclusive.
On my previous job, even though I was as qualified as my colleagues, something was missing because my managers were not sensitized. Now I work in a really supportive environment and feel motivated.
Disability is part of diversity. Whoever you are and regardless your circumstances, you are one with Indonesia