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With the support of the Lifelong Learning

Programme of the European Union

Autism in Pink

Study Trip to Brussels  

















Meeting with Autism Europe, European Women’s Lobby and European Disability Forum


















Meeting with MEPs at the European Parliament














View the AIP Presentation to MEPs 

This presentation was given in English by representatives of the English, Spanish and Portuguese groups to MEPs Richard Howitt, Edite Estrela, Antigoni Papadopoulou and Jean Lambert.


As a result of the visit, UK MEPs Phil Bennion and Richard Howitt each tabled a parliamentary question under rule 117.


View Question E-004912/2014 and Answer


View Question E-003473/2014 and Answer 


The group also visited the EU museum Parlamentarium 
















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Photos by Lolita Zvonkienė, Katie Drysdale, Maria Merino

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Aurélie Baranger, Director, Autism Europe and the visiting group.





View Autism Europe Presentation


Karima Zahi, Policy Officer & Project Coordinator Migration, asylum and anti-discrimination, European Women’s Lobby and the visiting group.


View European Women’s Lobby Presentation

An-Sofie Leenknecht, Policy Officer for Women’s Advisory Committee, European Disability Forum and the visiting group.



View European Disability Forum Presentation

Edite Estrela MEP, Richard Howitt MEP and the visiting group

Antigoni Papadopoulou MEP, Edite Estrele MEP and the visiting group

Richard Howitt MEP and the visiting group

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In March 2014, women volunteers from each participating country visited Brussels to come together and meet socially, hear about the work of Brussels’ based NGOs: Autism Europe, the European Women’s Lobby and the European Disability Forum, and to present to MEPs at the European Parliament.  This sharing and exchange of information was intended to inform and influence those able to make policy changes in Europe that could improve the lives of women with Autism.

Group in Brussels