|On December 1st, 2008, our Association launched the
AND HELP AUTISTICS SHED THE DARKNESS
OF IGNORANCE AND STIGMA
The main purpose of this Nationwide (Panhellenic) Campaign is to promote awareness and Autism
Rights in Greece, where the lack of proper legislation concerning Autistics, both children and adults,
results in inadequate measures towards our integration in society as equal members. This affects our
education as children, our participation in decisions being made concerning Autism in general, and
our future as employable adults and citizens in particular.
Furthermore, the image that prevails of Autism is the "classic" autistic child that is unable to speak
and has no contact with its environment, while according to international research, more than the half
of all Autistics today fit the scientific description of Asperger's and High Functioning Autism (HFA).
We, the Greek Autistic, Asperger and HFA adults, feel we must take matters into our hands
and promote a more accurate and realistic image of what Autism is, and how it affects our daily lives.
Because, unlike the way Autism is presented by the scientific community, Autism is not an illness,
or a condition that can be treated and cured! Autism is a way of life, a way of being, a way of
understanding the world around us. Without Autism, we would not be who we are, but someone else.
Therefore, our Campaign aims to change the way Autism is viewed and understood in Greece.
|ASSOCIATION OF GREEK AUTISTIC ASPERGER and HFA ADULTS
|This promotional video clip for our Campaign was designed and created by an autistic adult.