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AUTISM ADVANTAGE LUNCHEONS: REGIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUMS IN INDIA & INDONESIA Specialisterne Foundation organized Autism Advantage Luncheon India in Bangalore on 19.11.2019 (in collaboration with SAP Labs India and with the financial support of Brunel and SAP) and Autism Advantage Luncheon Indonesia in Jakarta on 04.12.2019 (in collaboration with Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia and with the financial support of Brunel). Luncheons brought together: 200+ participants traveling from various regions of India (New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Karnataka, Bangalore) & Indonesia, 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. VINEET SARAIWALA INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION, CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN INDUSTRIES, INDIAN BUSINESS DISABILITY NETWORK AND FUTURE GROUP & KEYNOTE SPEAKER AUTISM ADVANTAGE LUNCHEON INDIA

Interest to both Autism Advantage Luncheons were extraordinary. Speakers representing key stakeholders brought in their perspectives about the opportunities and challenges for education and employment of autistic persons in respective countries. Some of the key takeaways from the events were:

Speakers noted the challenges autistic and neurodivergent persons face both in India and Indonesia in terms of access to education and employment. Main drivers of these challenges were addressed as lack of awareness as well as cultural and social stigma towards persons with disabilities - which is especially a major problem across rural areas of the countries. Improving training opportunities and introducing best practices is particularly important for parents and schools. All children need to be included and supported early on - which is a crucial step in creating employment opportunities once they leave the school system. The participants were in agreement with the messages of Prof. Robert Austin of Ivey Business School that the autism advantage is real. The number of selfadvocates participated in the luncheon who carry out meaningful and productive jobs was a proof of concept. We have just launched a website dedicated to Autism Advantage Luncheons, where you can read more and participate in a global insights survey. Take a look: https://www.autismadvantageluncheon.com

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Specialisterne Foundation Annual Report 2019  

Specialisterne Foundation is an NGO associated with the UN Department of Global Communications and supports the work of the UN to promote hu...

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