Advocacy groups and associations

     by Autism Europe

(list is relevant selection, non-exhaustive)

Autism-Europe (AE) is an international association representing 7 million autistic people and their families with 90 member organisations in 40 countries advocating for the rights of autistic people and the improvement of their quality of life. AE also strives for more awareness and understanding of autism in society. More information here.


European Council for Autistic People (EUCAP) is an umbrella organisation for autistic-led national and regional organisations in Europe aiming to better the welfare of autistic people in Europe through participation in public discourse, by networking and engaging with decision-making bodies, and by supporting co-operation between autistic-led groups across borders. More information here.


European Disability Forum (EDF) is an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that defends the interests of over 100 million persons with disabilities in Europe. EDF is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) that brings together representative organisations of persons with disabilities and their families from across Europe. More information here.


European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) is a network of service providers for people with disabilities committed to high quality service delivery. EPR’s mission is to build the capacity of its members to provide sustainable, high quality services through mutual learning and training. More information here.


Inclusion-Europe (IE) is the European voice of 20 million people with intellectual disabilities and their families. IE has 82 member organisations in 39 countries in Europe who want people with intellectual disabilities to enjoy equal rights and fully participate in all aspects of life. IE also wants the interests and concerns of people with intellectual disabilities and their families considered in all policies affecting them. More information here.


National Autistic Society (NAS, United Kingdom) is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. NAS is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. More information here.


Autisme France is a parents’ association representing approximately 9,000 families within its associative movement, composed of more than 100 member associations, partners and affiliates. More information here (in French).


Autismo España (Spain) represents 163 member organisations in Spain that provide support and specialised services to autistic people and their families by promoting the full enjoyment and effective exercise of their rights, with a focus on the improvement of their quality of life and achievement of equal opportunities. More information here (in Spanish).


L’Associazione Nazionale Genitori perSone con Autismo (ANGSA, Italy) defends the rights of people on the autism spectrum and their families. Made up of parents, family members, guardians, and people on the autism spectrum, it is an Association for Social Promotion and a Non-profit Organization. More information here (in Italian).


Greek Society for the Protection of Autistic People (GSPAP) was founded to work for the rights of autistic people. Today, the GSPAP has more than 850 founding and regular members, who are parents of autistic children, from almost all over Greece. More information here (in Greek).


Inovar Autismo (Portugal) was founded by 34 partners, including autistic and non-autistic people and their families. The involvement of autistic people in the organisation from the beginning aligns with one of the fundamental pillars of their work, which is defined by the motto of Inovar Autismo: “A society for all”. More information here (in Portuguese).


Diversamente ODV (Sardinia, Italy), founded by parents of autistic people, has as its main goal to improve the quality of life of people on the autism spectrum  and their families, through the promotion across public institutions and in society at large of the dissemination and concrete application of the “Charter of the Rights of Autistic People.” More information here (in Italian).


Autismo Sevilla (Seville, Spain) is a non-profit association of parents of autistic people whose mission it is to accompany people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in their life project, providing specialized support and generating a social change towards coexistence. More information here. (in Spanish)

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