Special event with children with disabilities in Chisinau to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day
2 April 2015
CHISINAU (2 April 2015) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Moldova is co-organising a special event in Chisinau this Saturday, April 4, to celebrate the World Autism Awareness Day.
The event, which is being held in partnership with an NGO called “HIPPO” which focuses on autism, will start at 10 am in Malldova Shopping Center. The aim is to increase awareness about the discrimination faced by children with disabilities, including those with autism. Some 30 children with autism are expected to attend the event, where they will have the chance to play, paint and dance.
The event will also mark the launch of an awareness-raising campaign, “Children with disabilities call for inclusion”, by a group of parents of children with disabilities named Pro-Sprijin.
Autism is a life-long developmental impairment. Children with autism often find social interaction difficult; have problems communicating; demonstrate restrictive and repetitive behavior; and/or have a limited set of interests and activities.
However people with autism also have a significant and often unexploited potential. For instance, many of them show remarkable visual, artistic or academic skills. It is essential to recognise their talents and the value they bring to their communities, to fight any discrimination they may face, and to ensure that their rights are fully respected.
According to data published by the Moldovan Ministry of Health in 2013, some 157 people are diagnosed with autism in the country, including 144 children. However national experts consider this figure to be a huge under-estimate and believe that some 300 to 400 children are born with autism every year in the Republic of Moldova.
Saturday’s event is organised as part of a global project by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, to strengthen civil society efforts to fight discrimination against children with disabilities.
For further information, please contact Xenia Siminciuc at +373 684 88 663; +373 78 1000 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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