Autism Europe (AE), Belgium

Autism-Europe is an international association whose objective is to advance the rights of people with autism and their families, to help them improve their quality of life.

Autism-Europe is an umbrella organisation that ensures effective liaison among 80 member associations of parents of persons with autism in 30 European countries, including 24 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions. AE plays a key role in raising public awareness and in influencing the European decision-makers on all issues relating to autism, including the promotion of the rights of people with autism. Its main objective is to advance the rights of persons with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.

This is achieved through:

  • Representing persons with autism towards all European institutions
  • Promoting awareness on the appropriate care, education, and well-being of persons with autism
  • Promoting the exchange of information, good practices and experience.


Aurélie Baranger
Aurélie BarangerDirector
Years of experience: 10
Specific expertise: Rights-based approaches to treatment and care for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Management of European Projects and EU funding, European policy, advocacy, strategic coordination of network and events.

Aurélie Baranger

  • Master degree in European Public Management (ISMaPP- Brussels), 2004
  • Master degree in International Relations and History of the Atlantic Area (University of Nantes), 2003
  • Bachelor degree in History (University of Nantes)
  • Aurélie Baranger has been the Director of Autism-Europe since 2007. At Autism-Europe, she has worked on a wide-range of European projects and policy issues to promote a right-based & evidence-based approach to ASD. She has conducted European-wide surveys and co-authored two European reports on good practices in the field of autism; ‘Towards a better quality of life: The rights of ageing adults with autism’ and ‘Autism and work. Together we can. A report on good employment practices from across Europe’, and promoted the use of these reports by autism organisations across Europe.
  • She has also contributed to the organisations of Autism-Europe International congresses.
  • Her previous posts relevant to this project include:
    – European Disability Forum : project assistant (capacity building project with organisations of the Western Balkans), 2006-2007
    – European Commission, DG Enterprise, blue book trainee, 2005
    – Euro Coop, assistant, 2004
  • Experience in the management of European Projects and EU funding (PROGRESS, LLL projects, FP7), advocacy, policy development, capacity buildings and events.


Haydn Hammersley
Haydn HammersleyCommunications & Projects Assistant
Years of experience: 2
Specific expertise: Advocacy, policy, communications, translation and event organisation.

Haydn Hammersley

  • Master degree in politics and EU studies. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium – 2014
  • MA in French with linguistics. University of St Andrews, Scotland – 2010
  • Haydn has been working for Autism-Europe since the summer of 2015. Before this, he worked in the European Parliament as an assistant to the British S&D Member, Julie Ward. Prior to this he completed a traineeship in the European Commission’s DG Interpretation, and in from 2013-14 he worked for the UK Branch of the Portuguese philanthropic foundation, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
    Before entering into policy work in Brussels, Haydn also spent two years working as a care-worker for adults with intellectual/learning disabilities, at a residential centre in the UK.