Last year, Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading researcher on autism, addressed the United Nations about the ways human rights are not being met for autistic people. Here are the five rights he covered:
- The right to dignity.
- The right to education.
- The right to equal access to public services.
- The right to work and employment.
- The right to protection from discrimination, and the right to a cultural life, and to rest and leisure.
This underscores how much needs to be done, even in developed countries. The scope of these issues goes beyond what can be achieved as autistic people self-advocate, and addressing them will require substantial effort on the part of non-autistic people.
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