Study Visit Autism Foundation

Helsinki, Finland 24-25 May 2023 (half days)

The aim of this study visit is to raise awareness of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), learn from each other’s good practices, discuss challenges and develop recommendations to address them. This meeting will focus on working with people on the autistic spectrum and will also discuss the implications and relevance of actions planned in the EU Disability Strategy as well as other EPR activities on the topic.

Autism Foundation Finland

AFF was founded in 1998 by parents of autistic adolescents and the Finnish Autism Society. The main purpose of AFF is to provide high quality services for people on the autism spectrum. AFF provides individual supported living, group homes, counselling and coaching, including vocational services and employment support, rehabilitation and therapy, including animal therapy, and they run a farm for different activities. AFF also works to increase understanding of autism in society and supports research in the area. The trip will visit different sites and services. More information and the draft programme can be found below, as well as the registration form.

The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan

On the 4th of March 2021, the European Commission launched the Action Plan. The Action Plan is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to take firm steps in the implementation of the 20 principles included in the Pillar. It presents three targets to be achieved by 2030: equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion. The targets are accompanied by clear actions and deadlines. The Commission adopted the Strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities for the period 2021-2030 together with the Action Plan.

The visit will be held over two half days, the afternoon of the 24th and the morning of the 25, to try to reduce overnight stays.

One subsidy of 259€ is available per member for up to 6 members. Please indicate in the registration form if you would like to take the subsidy, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This meeting is for members only.



Information details

Registration form Programme file

Contact person

Laura Jones