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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on support for persons with Asperger syndrome and raising awareness about the condition

Dominique Bilde, Sophie Montel

Motion for a Parliament resolution on support for persons with Asperger syndrome and raising awareness about the condition  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020(1),

–       having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas Asperger syndrome is a pervasive neurological developmental disability;

B.     whereas Asperger syndrome is similar to high-functioning autism in that persons with the syndrome do not have a learning disability;

C.     whereas the main symptoms of Asperger syndrome are impaired social and communication skills, a narrow range of interests, poor coordination and hyper- or hypo-sensitivity;

1.      Calls on the Commission to take steps to raise public awareness of Asperger syndrome and to provide greater support for Asperger-related training programmes for healthcare and early childhood professionals;

2.      Urges the Commission to invest in programmes on research into and the development of behavioural therapies;

3.      Urges the Commission and the Member States to integrate persons with Asperger into the workforce more fully by providing them with additional support and stipulating that workplaces should be adapted to their needs;

4.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.



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