Committee for International Asperger's Year

Comité por el año internacional del Síndrome de Asperger Comité pour l'année internationale du Syndrome d'Asperger

1 October 2005

Hans Asperger Centenary: 1906-2006

FEBRUARY 18, 2006 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Hans Asperger, discoverer of Asperger's Syndrome. Dr. Asperger's centenary also marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Dr. Lorna Wing's article "Asperger's syndrome:
a clinical account" in the journal Psychological Medicine. Dr. Wing's paper, the first major English-language presentation of Dr. Asperger's work, helped bring worldwide attention to Asperger's Syndrome.

We invite you to observe International Asperger's Year, to be held in 2006, the year of these two landmark anniversaries. International Asperger's Year is an appropriate time to honor Dr. Asperger and other researchers, encourage people who might have AS to seek diagnosis, correct misconceptions about AS, improve and expand AS public services, develop AS mentoring programs, and recognize the special needs of AS adults.

International Asperger's Year is the first worldwide celebration dedicated solely to Asperger's Syndrome. Organizations and individuals may observe IAY as they wish. The initiative was conceived by the Asperger Adults of Greater Washington, has
been sanctioned by the World Autism Organization, and has been endorsed by the following specialists and leaders:

bulletProfessor Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University;
bulletProfessor Uta Frith, Deputy Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
bulletHon. Angela Browning, M.P., Asperger political advocate and mother of an Asperger adult
bulletStephen Shore, author and consultant
bulletRoger N. Meyer, author and advocate
bulletJerry Newport, author, and inspiration for the film Mozart
And The Whale
bulletMichael John Carley, nonprofit executive

A Committee for International Asperger's Year has established an open listserv for the exchange of IAY-related ideas, information and announcements:


Asperger Services Australia

Association Asperger Aide

Gruppo Asperger ONLUS


Asociación Asperger España
Asociación Asperger Andalucía

Asperger East Anglia
Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University
and the Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service (CLASS)

Asperger Adults of Greater Washington
Portland Asperger Syndrome Adult Support Group
Aspies For Freedom
Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP)

"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.


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