On the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day and within the framework of the European project Care4Autism, five key figures have met this afternoon to show what is the current image of people with autism. The event, organised by Miradas Foundation with the collaboration of Autismo Burgos and Burgos City Council, has taken place in La Estación de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Burgos, Spain).
Four people have participated in the round table and have offered their perspective on the social image of people with autism from their own experience. The round table, led by María Merino, psychologist from Burgos specialised in autism and Technical Director of Fundación Miradas, has counted with the presence of four different profiles: Román Izquierdo, has been working for 27 years with people with autism, specifically in the Asociación Autismo Burgos; Angélica González, journalist with more than 30 years of experience in social and health issues from the local media; Gabriel Pérez, person with autism, was one of the first to receive support in the APITEA service of Autismo Burgos; and, Marian Marquez, mother of an adult person with autism and patron of Fundación Miradas.
It has also been presented the spot of the campaign «Building an inclusive society for people with autism», a campaign at European level, which is specifically framed within the Care4Autism project. The spot, produced by the Burgos entity Fundación Miradas, directed by Rodrigo Arnáiz, responsible for communication of the same, has been translated into seven languages (English, French, Italian, Greek, German and Latvian) to facilitate its diffusion at local level by all the partner entities of the project.
In the spot, five people appear, with different profiles, sharing their opinion about the social image of people with autism nowadays. They are: Gabriel Pérez, person with autism who was one of the first to receive support in the APITEA service of Autismo Burgos; Román Izquierdo, has been working with people with autism for 27 years; Nerea Rodríguez, has 3 years of experience working with people with autism; Valle Mayoral, has an adult son with autism and Angélica González, journalist with more than 30 years of career and who has been witness of the evolution lived in terms of knowledge and specific and specialised support services for the improvement of the quality of life of the collective.