Paris - Ringing the Bell for World Autism Awareness Day

On April 2, 2012, NYSE Euronext stock exchanges across Europe will be opened by representatives of autism organisations to mark the United Nations' World Autism Awareness Day.

Guillaume Masin, an adult with autism with Evelyne Friedel vice-president of Autism Europe open the European trading day in Paris.

World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly five years ago as an annual day to draw attention to the urgent needs of people with autism around the world. Such awareness is essential due to the frequency of this disability. 1 in 150 people have autism. 5 million people in Europe. 400,000 in France. Many are highly disabled. Autism is a neurophysiological disorder that affects the brain. If there is no cure for autism, early intervention and lifelong support can enable people with autism to live up to their full potential. Notwithstanding the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities, many people with autism still lack basic access to accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment, education, employment and social inclusion. On April 2, stock exchanges in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, Paris will participate to this awareness. In Paris, an adult with autism will ring the bell at the opening ceremony, with the vice-president of Autism Europe and the president of the national organization AFG, in cooperation with the US organization, Autism Speaks.