Six postage stamps and two commemorative envelopes featuring designs created by people with autism--including one 7-year-old artist--went on sale yesterday at United Nations headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna as part of a partnership between the UN and Autism Speaks. The UN announced the news on its website:
For the commemorative postage stamps and collectible envelopes, more than 200 pieces of artwork were received for consideration from people with autism across the world. UNPA originally intended to pick fewer designs – however, the artwork received was so good that it decided to feature eight designs.
In his remarks, [UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon] called on the world to denounce the stigmatisation of people with autism and other disabilities.
"We must counter such discrimination at every turn. Our approach must be the precise opposite – mainstreaming by integrating children in regular education settings, and by creating job opportunities that make use of the strengths of people with autism," he said.
Image via UN Postal Administration