Means

The Autism Spectrum Disorders in the European Union (ASDEU) is a project financed by the European Commission and comprised of 20 different partners from 14 EU Member States.

ASDEU aims to capitalise on the work conducted during previous European studies, such as EAIS, ENSACP, Expert panels in ASD and the ASD European Conference held in Dublin in 2010.

This project aims to combine the evidence-generated and the evidence-based recommendations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Meanswith the right-based approach to disability in Europe which has been endorsed by various stakeholders involved. It is based on the principles defined by Disable People Organisations (DPOs)1 , and is in line with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities

Thus, the goal is to empower and support those involved; guide caregivers and to obtain and disseminate fundamental data pertaining to prevalence of ASD; early detection and intervention; and care and support needs throughout the life span, with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact on policies and practices across Europe.

As a way to clearly transmit the human framework underlying this scientific venture, we subscribe to the declaration entitled “ASD: Ten Tips to Support Me” written by Fuentes2.

As a consequence of this declaration, the overall strategic objective is to improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by ASDs.

  1. The European Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families (2015) Inclusion Europe. Respect, Solidarity and Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families. (2015). Access at http://www.inclusion-europe.org/en/, April, 26, 2015

  2. Fuentes J (2014). Autism Spectrum Disorder: Ten Tips to support Me J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, Nov 53; 1145-1146