• Autism
    AUTISM Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD from now on) are still a relatively unknow disability, despite being discovered on 1.943. Added to this, there are no specific medical tests for diagnosis, but it is based on observation and assessment of the child's behavior. In addition, people with ASD do not have any physical feature that distinguishes them. This "invisible nature" makes difficult to understand the efforts that people with ASD should do to face the challenges of the environment.

    However, thanks to the many advances in science in the study of these disorders, new technical resources and, above all, to the valuable contribution of the testimonies that people with autism brings every day from their own experiences, knowledge of "autism" is now much broader.
    What is Autism?
  • Links
    Links of interest Currently there are lots of specific spaces where new tools, applications, best practices guidelines are been created every day. They help us in our daily work and assure our results when working with people with autism.

    FESPAU wants to offer you a number of links in order you can use then whenever you need them.
    List of links
  • Wordl Autism Awareness Day
    WAAD - World Autism Awareness Day Throughout its history, the United Nations Organisation has promoted the rights and well-being of people with disabilities, including children with developmental disorders. In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universality of human rights for all.

    The General Assembly of the United Nations declared unanimously on December 18, 2007, the April 2 as the World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help children and adults with this disorder to improve their lives.
    Celebrating WAAD
FESPAU is the Spanish Autism Federation who works as a driver and vehicle of the needs and expectations of its member associations before those public or private bodies at local, regional, national or international level. It works for recognition and enforcement of the rights of people with autism and their families in order to achieve the highest quality of life throughout the life cycle. Also, works as an important social task like conducting activities, awareness campaigns and training public opinion regarding ASD and their characteristics. Moreover, it monitors quality and effectiveness compliance of what is provided in legal, educational, and economic issues for the assistance of people with autism and their families.

Based on the continuous improvement and quality of life principles, FESPAU aims to become a Federation of Autism widely legitimized by society and oriented to provide services that meet the needs and expectations of each and every one of its member associations. Always under the perspective of Human Rights applied to all its actions and policies, and with the ultimate goal to achieve, through its member associations, the full inclusion of people with autism and their families, as a lever of social change, thanks to a professionalized, ethical and involved staff with the policy of the Federation.


The Spanish Autism Federation - FESPAU, has as the main ones the following:

- ACCOUNTABILITY: in the management of all its resources highly relevant information for all our members.

- PROFESSIONALISM: achieving the best results by the sum of technical and human expertise of the Federation.

- OBJECTIVITY: when define our position as a Federation before different bodies, entities and situations.

- INTEGRITY: the Spanish Autism Federation has always in mind the Human Rights approach and applies it in every action or policy, achieving a comprehensive and unify action.

- COMPROMISE: both social, through ASD raising awareness activities, and personal levels, through every association who define the Federation.

- SUSTAINABILITY: because we aren't living isolated from our environment, FESPAU porque no vivimos aislados del entorno que nos rodea, FESPAU drives sustainability economical, environmental and managing policies that allows to keep our good values for many years.

The Spanish Committee of People with Disabilities' Representatives is the platform for representation, advocay and action of spanish citizens with disabilities.

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Logo ONCE Foundation

The National Blind Organisation Foundation (F. ONCE) is a nonprofit Corporation whose mission is reach full inclusion in society for people with other disabilities than blindness, through out employment and training, avoiding any kind of barrier.

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Logo Autism-Europe

The International Asociation Autism Europe is an international organisation at European stage who lobbies before European bodies and advocates for the rights of people with autism and their families in order to improve their quality of life.

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European Union Logo - 2013 Year of Citizenship
European Commission

Each year the European Commission through its Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion raises an annual issue which will work in Europe. This year 2013 it's dedicated to Citizenship and its participation.

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The World Autism Organisation is the body who links the efforts of those affected by autism through out the world in a same channel in order to make a more effective political lobby and to achieve and enjoy the rights by all the people with autism regardless of race, sex, nationality or religion.

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Enable - UN

Enable is the virtual space created by the Secretariat of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN. Its main goal is to promote full and effective participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in society and its progress and development through the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

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Logo Specialized Permanent Bureau

The Specialised Permanent Bureau is a permanent advisory body of the National Council on Disability to promote equal opportunities, non-discrimination and universal accesibility.

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INICO Logo - Faculty of Psychology at the University of Salamanca

This Institute, with 16 years of experience, has as its principals: frontline research, qualified graduate training in collaboration with governments and bodies, and institutional and personal counseling. In addition, a researchment on quality of life, inclusive education, quality jobs and supported employment, accessibility and new technologies is been done.

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Carlos III

To better understand the reality of autism in Spain and recommend ways to improve the care, training and research in ASD, the Health Institute Carlos III created the Study Group on Autism Spectrum Disorders - GETEA, from which denouncing the situation of orphans in terms of critical mass of Spanish researchers interested in the topic of Autism.

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APUNTATE (Autónoma University Madrid) Logo

Since its launch 10 years ago, 1,202 people with autism have been users of APÚNTATE and 1,416 college students participated as volunteers. Furthermore, during these years, many relatives, professionals, organizations from the scope of autism, teachers and university students have benefited from the support, training and experience of this program, contributing also to make it better.

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Its mission is the promotion, coordination, development and dissemination of scientific and technological research, multidisciplinary in nature, in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the economic, social and cultural development, as well as staff training and counseling public and private entities in this area. FESPAU maintains research collaborations in the field of Autism.

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2012 FESPAU - Spanish Autism Federation.