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Qazi Fazli Azeem is Pakistans first and South Asias only international self advocate for the Autism Spectrum - since 2006. He presented at the United Nations in NY on 2nd April 2013, World Autism Awareness Day.

This website was partially updated on 6th April 2016 and is under process of massive design updates and new content.

UN Autism Awareness Day Pakistan was celebrated across the country on 2nd April 2013, with the 2014 day coming up on 2nd April next month. Click here to see the events across Pakistan and spread Autism Awareness or visit the official international website UN World Autism Awarness Day.

Note: Please see a list of Autism Resource people, Doctors, Resource Centres and Special Schools here

for seeing the above resource details, you may have to sign up free to the Autism Meetup Group online forum, click above for registration details, all you need is an email address to signup and access up to date contact information.

Feb 28 - 2014: With educators and staff members of the Asperger's Association of New England and their Executive Director Dania Jekel, the great grand-daughter of Austrian Psychology pioneer Sigmund Freud. — at Asperger's Association of New England (AANE).


Jan 19 2014 : My essays and experiences will be published in this book next month, by Jessica Kingsley Publishers UK, along with advice from self-advocates around the world. Available soon through Amazon for readers in the US. I will be speaking at a panel of the books contributors at the Autism Pensacola Florida Conference on 7-8 June -

Essays contributed by Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Qazi Fazli Azeem (MFA 2012-2014) - will be published in February 2014 in the book "Been There, Done That, Try this! - An Aspie's guide to Life on Earth" Edited by Dr Tony Attwood, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko. The book will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers UK and contains advice from self-advocates for Aspergers Syndrome (A part of the Autism spectrum) from around the world. Available soon through Amazon for readers in the US. - Azeem will be speaking at a panel of the books contributors at the 2nd Annual Southeast Regional 
"Flying High with Autism" Conference 2014 on 7-8 June at Pensacola, Florida. - Qazi Fazli Azeem is the South Asian self advocate for the Autism Spectrum - since 2006, and presented at the United Nations in NY on 2nd April 2013, World Autism Awareness Day.
Azeem's art has also been published in "Artism: The Art of Autism" (2011) and
"The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions" (2012), by Debra Hosseini, in the US


July 9- 2013: Honored in the "Making their Mark" section of the 2nd Quarter Newsletter of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP - the governing body for the US State Department's Fulbright Scholarship), for my presentation at the United Nations in New York on 2nd April 2013, the 6th international UN World Autism Awareness Day

April 27 - 2013: A recent article published this month about what I have done for Autism Awareness in Pakistan and the south asian region - in the AnnualApril 2013 "Womens Own" magazine of Pakistan 
I have been nominated for the 2013 International Naturally Autistic People Awards by an international panel in British Columbia, Canada (1-6 Oct 2013)

April 21 - 2013: As the South Asian self advocate for the Autism Spectrum, my advice was part of this open letter from 20 Disabilities Rights groups to the Indian Ministry of Commerce seeking remedial action on the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in accessing public libraries in India - February 2013 -

21 April 2013: 20 April 2013 - USA Video Interview of Artists on the spectrum - Fazli Azeem and Sarah E. Vaugn - advice for young artists - - Interviewed by co-founder of Kathleen Tehrani

21 April 2013: 20 April 2013 - USA Video Interview of Artists on the spectrum - Fazli Azeem and Sarah E. Vaugn - advice for young artists - - Interviewed by co-founder of Kathleen Tehrani

2 April 2013: My presentation at the UN is at (1:18:54) — at United Nations Headquarters.

22 March 2013: I represented Pakistan, South Asia and the Fulbright program at the United Nations in New York on 2nd April 2013 for the UN World Autism Awareness Day. An International Perspective on Abilities and Transitions and Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from noon to 6pm.
Panel 2: Transition to Adulthood
Dr. Stephen Shore; Neal Katz, teenager with autism, featured in the HBO film Autism: The Musical, Ryan Berman, MSW; Fazli Azeem (Pakistan), student of graphic design in Boston on a Fullbright Scholarship who is on the autism spectrum; Idil Abdull (Somalia), mother of a child with autism focused on raising awareness of autism in developing countries, as well as in the Somali community in Minnesota, Dr. Valerie Paradiz, Director, Autistic Global Initiative at Autism Research Institute.
Moderator: Jacqueline Aidenbaum, United Nations

16 Mar 2013: I am South Asia's first and only self advocate or the Autism Spectrum. Since 2006 (7 years from now), I have advised thousands of parents and special educators and doctors at the free online Pakistan Autism Meetup Group forum - see and you can search for any topic on the top right of the windows - also see free online resources (rare) here - - the meetup group is free, anyone can sign up post and see more resources - We dont have to repeat the same mistakes and re-invent the wheel, just as I learned much from the best autism resources in the US (through the internet), the meetup forum posts are a curated source of tons of materials (primarily of US origin) which worked - with detailed descriptions if they did not... since there is so much content, it may take you time to go through it all (thousands of pages) so searching is one one to browse it

11 Mar 2013: An introductory video about who I am.

24 April 2012: My Art and Interview in the new 2012 book by Debbie Hosseini (CA, USA) "Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions Book" coming out in a few days Debbie's bio can be read here and the book will be available soon on their website and on Amazon

22 April 2012:
Pakistan's first Art Therapy program for special needs launched. I was the logo, publication, branding and communication designer. The artwork is displayed at Lincoln's corner, next to V.M. Art Gallery at Rangoonwala hall for the next 5 days, the children's Art is being sold (starting price Rs 3,000) which will finance their health insurance. For more details visit

14 Mar 2012: My Art in the 2012 Art of Autism book by Debbie Hosseini, releasing in the US on March 21.

1 Oct 2011: My interview about learning disabilities and Arts in "The Autism Network" Internationally-read Journal (Aug 2011) by the National Centre for Autism(AFA), Dehli (India). Read online

21 Sep 2011: My Art and Autism - Interview of Qazi Fazli Azeem -Artist on the Autism Spectrum by Kathleen Tehrani (USA)

31 Mar 2011: My art is among the work of 54 artists working for Autism Awareness across the world, being published in the coffee table book "The Art of Autism" by Debra Hosseini and Autism Today (US). The book will be launched in USA and Canada in the week following 2nd April 2011, the 4th UN International Autism Awareness Day.

23 June 2010: My interview printed in this book last month
A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers -
Adam Feinstein - ISBN: 978-1-4051-8653-7
398 pages - July 2010, Wiley-Blackwell - Amazon

23 June 2010: I am the first and only person from Asia to have a presented a research paper at the UK-wales based Autism Online Conference, along with some of the leading autism researchers in the world

23 June 2010: Interviewed by Chicago based NGO Action Autism

June 23 2010: Interviewed in dhaka, bangaldesh in 2009

Thousands of pages of recommendations I give to parents and educators of children with Autism spectrum disorders, since 2006

My Autism awareness videos on YouTube

I met Adam Feinstein of Wales (UK) in January 2008, when he interviewed me at the 2nd South Asian Autism conference in Dehli, India. His book "A History of Autism: Conversation with the pioneers" was published in 2010 in UK, containing my interview. Adam Feinstein is also the organizer of the largest Autism conference on earth, see the list of presenters at the annual Autism research conference online. They include people like Simon Barron Cohen, Gary Mesibov and many leading scientists and educators. Adam has been publishing his monthly "Looking-up Autism" English newsletter for many years now, you can read selected articles free online.

A History of Autism: Conversation with the pioneers

"UN Autism Awareness Day Pakistan 2nd April 2010 was a success. Thank you all, Parents, Doctors,
Media and Television Executives, News editors and our friends all over the world."
Online updates:
Full record of events: UN World Autism Awareness Day in Pakistan 2010

Geo TV Exclusive Autism Awareness Day Pakistan 2010 News coverage Part1 Part2 Part3 Part4
WAAD 2010 Activities in India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Pakistan

July 2009: Qazi Fazli Azeem, Autism Awarness Activist, Trainer and savant with Asperger's Syndome
trained special educators of Autistic Children at the Autistic Children's Welfare Foundation
at Chittagong, Bangladesh during 27-31 July 2009. A 2-day structured teaching workshop and one day seminar was held for parents, doctors and special educators.

Message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


Message from Dr Khalif Bile Mohamud, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Pakistan


The Pakistan Autism Meetup Group joins Autism Speaks of USA in applauding the state of Qatar
for the creation of the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day. See Video here

At the "2nd South Asian Regional Conference on Autism" on January 15-16 2008, Action for Autism (Delhi, India) presented the
Charter of Rights of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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