Event Date: April 02, 2017

2017 Theme: “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to independence of person and to individual autonomy (article 3). Moreover, the CRPD highlights the right of persons with disabilities to “legal capacity on an equal basis with others and in all aspects of life” (article 12).

World Autism Awareness Day

Legal capacity is instrumental to the recognition of a person as a human being of full personhood, with the right to take decisions and enter into contracts. However, certain abilities have often been seen as necessary qualifications for full personal autonomy, creating a barrier to full societal inclusion for people with autism.

On March 31 the WAAD observance at UN Headquarters will discuss policies and approaches being implemented with regard to guardianship and the path to self-determination and legal capacity of persons with autism.

The 2017 WAAD observance is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Benjamin’s Story

This video depicts young film-maker Benjamin Rosloff’s visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City last year and his interview with former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. Before the interview, Benjamin had the opportunity to explore and film the building including art and photo exhibits from all over the world. The video reflects on Benjamin’s future and how it relates to major global issues.