FPDA – Federação Portuguesa de Autismo (Portuguese Federation for Autism) is a non-profit NGOPD (Non-Governmental Organization for People with Disabilities) registered nº48 under the Portuguese law that includes 12 parent associations all over the country (mainland and Madeira and Azores).
FPDA was founded in 2004 to replacea national NGO founded in 1971 in Lisbon. The member associations of FPDA are independent non-profit NGOs but work together in projects, campaigns and other activities. Their common objectives, values and principles are: inclusion, non-discrimination, solidarity, representativeness,association, and partnership. They support around 3,000 persons on the autism spectrum and their families, giving them advice and providing services.
The mission of FPDA is to advance the rights of autistic people and their families and represents its member associations near national and international organizations. Their common objectives are: to support research on the aetiology, phenomenology and therapeutics of autistic spectrum disorders; to promote the education and training of the persons in the spectrum in order to their full inclusion in society; to give support and training to families; to improve the quality of life of autistic people through the access to a proper diagnosis, early intervention, inclusive schooling and education all through their lives and to promote employment and access to an adequate housing. To reach these objectives FPDA organizes services and promotes national and international projects of common interest to its associated members.
FPDA follows the rights presented in the Charter for Persons with Autism approved by the European Parliament as a Written Declaration (1996) and also the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. FPDA approves and disseminates the Position papers of Autism-Europe. FPDA is accredited through ISO 9001:2015 and is a partner of the Agency of Accreditation Qualiwork.
Federação Portuguesa de Autismo
Rua José Luis Garcia Rodrigues,
Bairro do Alto da Ajuda • 1300-565 Lisboa
Tel: 21 3630040