UN / AUTISM DAKOTA FANNING

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At a special United Nations (UN) event called "Empowering Women and Girls with Autism", Julia Bascom, the Executive Director fo the Autistic Self Advocacy Network said that we can teach the autistic girls from the moment they were born that “their feelings and experiences and preferences are important.” UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / AUTISM DAKOTA FANNING
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DATELINE: 05 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

05 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network:
“We can teach the autistic girls from the moment that they are born that they are in charge of their bodies. We can teach the autistic girls that their boundaries matter and they are in charge of what happens to them, and no means no. And their feelings and experiences and preferences are important.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network:
“We still see significant underdiagnoses in community of colour, and we still have yet to truthfully and honestly confront the role that racism is played in that. A diagnosis is still far too often depending on access to certain resources and income and the end result is that all across the globe, autistic women and girls are missed, overlooked, and ignored.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network:
“We need our voices to be heard and honored. We need access to education and employment, we need access to the tools that empower us to be part of the world, to be in charge of our destinies. We need equal pay, not at minimal wage, not segregated employment. We need real education.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. Wide shot Brittanie on stage
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Brittanie Sanders, Miracle Project member:
“People on the autism spectrum are so often misunderstood and made to feel sad, because when others see us as being difficult when in fact we are all the same, trying to live like everyone else. I related to the challenges Wendy faces with those around her, because most often, it is difficult to communicate on levels with others as anyone are not on the spectrum.”
11. Wide shot, conference room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dakota Fanning, Actress:
“I think what I love the most about the character was that the fact that she had autism was secondary to so many other aspect of who Wendy is and of her personality, and her passion and her skills. The film focuses so much more on her perseverance and her will to achieve and succeed more than her limitation. you see throughout the story her surpass her limitation and finds her ways around her limitations.”
13. Wide shot, conference room

STORYLINE:

The 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters in New York focused on the importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.

The keynote speaker for the event, Julia Bascom who is the Executive Director fo the Autistic Self Advocacy Network said “all across the globe, autistic women and girls are missed, overlooked, and ignored.”

She added “we still see significant underdiagnoses in community of colour, and we still have yet to truthfully and honestly confront the role that racism is played in that. A diagnosis is still far too often depending on access to certain resources and income.”

Bascom reiterated “we need our voices to be heard and honored. We need access to education and employment, we need access to the tools that empower us to be part of the world, to be in charge of our destinies.”
She added “we need equal pay, not at minimal wage, not segregated employment. We need real education.”

Brittanie Sanders, a member of the Miracle Project - an inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for children, teens, and adults both with autism and all abilities said “people on the autism spectrum are so often misunderstood and made to feel sad, because when others see us as being difficult when in fact we are all the same, trying to live like everyone else.”

Referring to a new film called “Please Stan By” which portrait the life of Wendy who is on the autistic spectrum, Brittanie said “I related to the challenges Wendy faces with those around her, because most often, it is difficult to communicate on levels with others as anyone are not on the spectrum.”

Earlier in an interview, actress Dakota Fanning who played Wendy in the film said “I think what I love the most about the character was that the fact that she had autism was secondary to so many other aspect of who Wendy is and of her personality, and her passion and her skills.”

The actress added “the film focuses so much more on her perseverance and her will to achieve and succeed more than her limitation. you see throughout the story her surpass her limitation and finds her ways around her limitations.”

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

In November 2017, the Assembly adopted a resolution drawing attention to the particular challenges that women and girls with disabilities face in the context of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The resolution expresses concern that women and girls with disabilities, are subject to multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, which limit their enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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