Breaking Barriers together for Autism – a more accessible Europe

10 April 2018
The four speakers break  A4 page symbolically representing barriers. Depicted executive Commitee member Gunta Anca,  Autism Europe President Zsuzsanna Szilvasy, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut

Our Executive Committee member, Gunta Anca, called on the institutions to create a strong, “no compromises” Accessibility Act.

Her remarks took place during Autism Europe’s Photo Exhibition opening in the European Parliament in Brussels. She stated that the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament should agree to take the best of each proposal, not the “compromised minimum”. This includes topics such as Public Procurement, services, inclusion of microenterprises and the built environment in the act, transport and emergency services (including emergency calls), among other demands

Gunta was speaking during the opening event of the Photo Exhibition “Breaking Barriers together for Autism”. The event was organised by Autism Europe and hosted by MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, in the European Parliament. The event also counted with the participation of European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani.

The photo exhibition displayed the works of 3 photographers: Graham Miller, Michal Awin and André Weisgerbe. The three have photo series that document the daily life and interests of persons with autism. The exhibition intends to show the importance of accessibility in daily life and dispel wrong stereotypes that persons with autism are often saddled with.

At the opening, Autism Europe’s President Zsuzsanna Szilvasy specified that “We need to ensure that easy-to-read is part of the Accessibility Act. It is key for autistic people and many others”.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani asserted the commitment of the Parliament to fully include everyone in the society, underlining the recent European Day of Persons with Disabilities.

MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, who hosted the exhibition, opened the welcome address. She remarked that it is important to break stereotypes, as they led to harmful barriers for persons with disabilities.

The Photo Exhibition followed the launch of Autism’s Europe document with 18 testimonials by members of the autism community on what constitutes barriers for them.

Photos kindly provided by Inclusion Europe and the European Parliament Audiovisual Service.

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