Statement on the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day

On the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day, the Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic emphasizes that persons with autism are often exposed to discrimination and disabled to achieve basic human rights, which leads them to the social exclusion. She stresses that children with autism and their parents are in particularly difficult position, because of inadequate support and incomplete implementation of legislative that regulate the inclusion in education.

Commissioner reminds that according to the laws of the Republic of Serbia and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, persons with autism have the right to be protected from discrimination and included in the life of their community, which imply, among other, the right to adequate health protection, assistance in education, employment, housing and other types of support.

It is necessary to have systematic approach to solve the problems of persons with autism with substantial results, which primarily means to increase coordination and responsibility of all authorities and also to amend certain provisions of the Law on Social Protection and the Law on Financial Support to Family with Children, said Jankovic.

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