Tens of people have participated on Monday in a march occasioned in Bucharest by the World Autism Awareness Day.
“Today is the autism awareness day. We wish very much that people became aware of our existence, as different as we are. We wish that those who lead us respected our disability, helped us overcome it and ensured that we have a right to recovery, as anyone would have a right,” Mihaela Stan, a representative of the Federation for Rights and Resources in Autism (FEDRA) and mother of twins with autism told AGERPRES.
She also added that actions dedicated to the World Autism Awareness Day take place in the entire country, including conferences, book launched or lighting buildings in blue colour.
“We are doing everything we can to sensitize and be recognized as people and persons. We are going to start from Piata Universitatii heading to Parcul Unirii, where we are going to release blue balloons. We want that each individual reach its maximum potential, to be able to progress and become independent,” Mihaela Stan also stated.
The participants in the march, adults and children, were wearing blue signs reading: “Autism doesn’t hurt, indifference does”; “Don’t marginalize children with autism. Autism is a (dis)ability”; “My life has the same value.”
According to the organizers, the Autism Romania Association and FEDRA, one of 100 children in the United States of America is diagnosed with different types of autism, while in Europe and in the world the proportion is of one to 68 children.