UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday in his message to mark World Autism Awareness Day emphasised “equal participation and active involvement” of those with autism, saying it is “essential for achieving the inclusive societies”.
Ban said, “Autism is not well-understood in many countries, and too many societies shun people with autism,” adding, “This is a violation of human rights and a waste of human potential”.
The Secretary-General also called for advancing the rights of individuals with autism and ensuring their full participation and inclusion as valued members of our diverse human family who can contribute to a future of dignity and opportunity for all. Ban emphasised that those living on the spectrum are capable of making our world a better place.
Additionally, Ban called for “societies to invest more funds in enabling young persons with autism to be part of their generation’s historic push for progress”.
Thankfully, nowhere in his speech did the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon call for a cure for individuals with autism but rather, inclusion and acceptance.