In 2008, the United National General Assembly unanimously declared that 2 April would be the World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139). After the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force, this day was designated to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from this disorder so that they can have a full, satisfactory life. Since then, organisations dedicated to autism around the world have collaborated in spreading awareness of this day.
Every year, Fundació Congost Autisme meets entities around the world to celebrate World Autism Day.
The Foundation is a member of the World Autism Organisation and the International Association Autism Europe. It is through these two organisations that it mainly channels its international activity.
Fundació Congost Autisme, a member of the Administration Council of the International Association Autism Europe, has always been an active member of this association, and it has the objectives of:
• Representing people with autism in the face of institutions of the European Union;
• Promoting awareness-raising on the adequate care, education and well-being of people with autism;
• Promoting the exchange of information, good practices and experience in the field of autism.
Autism Europe brings together a network of approximately 80 family organisations of people with autism in 30 European countries. It has established structured dialogue with the institutions of the European Union and the World Health Organisation to advocate for the rights of people with ASD. In order to maximise their impact in politics in the European Union, Autism Europe also works in strategic alliances with other organisations, such as the European Disability Forum and the NGO social platform of which it is a founding member.