Today, Princess Marie attended the ‘Meeting of Minds’ conference at the Bella Sky Center in Copenhagen.
This is the six edition of the Meeting of Minds conference, and it was organised by the National Association for Autism as well as the University of South Denmark (SDU), Studio3 and Samradet. Princess Marie is the patron of the National Association for Autism, and she also works closely with SDU.
The topics for this year’s conference were “Participation,” “Identity” and “Self-Awareness.” According to the press release of the National Association for Autism, the topics discussed will also include: “The mental vulnerability and health of especially young people with autism. How to ensure the participation of autistic people in the labour market and in schools?”
The topics discussed are critical right now as “Autism is a lifelong handicap that is largely invisible to the majority. Autistic people and their relatives therefore often experience excessive demands and distrust.” Thus, it is essential that we ensure that autistic people have the same inclusion and can exploit all of their abilities to the fullest and in the best way possible.
Princess Marie attended a presentation by English researcher Laura Crane, who works at the Centre of Research on Autism and Education (CRAE) in London, named: “Something’s got to change: mental health of autistic young adults.”
After the presentation, Princess Marie met and had lunch with the several keynote speakers of the conference, including the Chairman of the Conference Mette Elmose Andersen, Dr Laura Crane, Dr Jonathan Weiss, Dr Catriona Stewart and Dr Damian Milton. After lunch, Dr Jonathan Weiss tweeted: “Wonderful discussion with HRH, and colleagues on awareness, acceptance and mental health in autism; and participatory research at Meeting of Minds.”
Autism is very close to Princess Marie’s heart as she revealed in 2012 that one of her nephews has autism. Last week, she invited children with autism to spend an afternoon with her in Tivoli Park.