U.N. Marks World Autism Awareness Day

الخميس 1436/6/13 هـ الموافق 2015/04/02 م واس
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United Nations, Jumada II 13, 1436, Apr 2, 2015, SPA -- The United Nations marked World Autism Awareness Day Thursday by highlighting the unique skills of people who have the affliction and the need to recognize such talents.
"People with autism have enormous potential," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. "Most have remarkable visual, artistic or academic skills. Thanks to the use of assistive technologies, non-verbal persons with autism can communicate and share their hidden capabilities."
"Yet even where autism awareness is most advanced, more than 80 percent of adults with autism are unemployed. That is why it is so important for employers to understand their unique and often exceptional skills, and to enable work environments where they can excel," Ban said.
Later Thursday at U.N. headquarters, Ban will launch a "Call to Action" initiative to urge employers to create work zones in which people with autism can excel, as most have remarkable visual, artistic, or academic skills.
"We encourage public offices, corporations, and small businesses to have a closer look at the way they perceive people with autism, to take the time to learn about the condition and to create life-changing opportunities," Ban said.
Such a mission can only be achieved with appropriate vocational training and adequate support as well as a recruitment process that can allow people to successfully integrate into workforces around the world, the U.N. chief said.
--SPA
19:40 LOCAL TIME 16:40 GMT