We are very honoured to welcome the 12th Autism Europe Congress in Nice from 13 to 15 September 2019. Our country, now determined to “put science at the heart of the public policy of autism”, has many talented professionals and researchers, who are committed with us to the organization of this event, and the families are looking forward to listen to the outstanding speakers and contributors who will be bringing their skills and enthusiasm to serve the cause of autism.
Our country fully recognizes itself in the motto of the congress: “A new dynamic for change and inclusion” because the inclusive society has now become the reference for disability policy. Yet, this inclusive society is still not a daily reality for many people with autism, but initiatives are multiplying, and little by little, the understanding of autism changes as well as practices.
We will be particularly pleased to welcome professionals and families from all over the world to discuss the challenges, the advances, both social and scientific. Diagnoses are still difficult or too late to obtain in many countries, and it is important to share the tools to improve them, as it is essential to develop the means of real inclusion for people with autism, at school and at work, in sports and leisure activities, and also to bring support to families.
We hope that the program of this congress will attract you, and that it will be a success like the previous ones; its goal is to promote the participation of autistic people in all aspects of civic life, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, while respecting their differences, which we all strive to better identify and take into account.
President of Autisme France