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Princess Marie attends SIKON Conference as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism

Today, Princess Marie was in Odense to attend the SIKON Conference hosted by the Danish Association for Autism.

The SIKON Conference is held over two days and celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Princess Marie is Patron of the Danish Association for Autism since November 2011 and she attended the SIKON Conference in April 2015.

Those who take part in the SIKON Conference can attend presentations, participate in courses and share their knowledge about autism.

During today’s event, Princess Marie was on hands to give the Autism Prize before meeting with lecturers and participants and learning about the different stands. The Autism Prize 2018 went to Felix Munch and Ellen Vallentin for their important work on research into parents with autism.

She also had the opportunity to test a new rocking chair that is used to soothe autistic children as part of a new therapy.

Here is Princess Marie’s speech:

Congratulations on the anniversary!

The SIKON conference has been held 30 times. The first time was in Copenhagen in 1988. It was then when autism was a rare diagnosis and therefore the conference was also quite small, only approx. 5% of the participants present today. 

At that time, only a small group of parents and professionals had seen autism. Today we are many, more than 800 people.

Because we’ve gotten better to spot things that are hard to see!

An anniversary is always a good opportunity to correct the eyes of the years gone by. 
You can ask yourself some questions about,

  • Why you took the choices you took in your life, and you can reflect on whether you actually achieved what you had set for. 

Or if everything went according to plan, whether it was attained its goals or whether it was more coincidental. And what had you really done if you had chosen to do something completely different from what you did … would you have been somewhere else right now?

You can also choose to look at everything from above, looking at something other than yourself. Look at the community around, the life you live, and dive into some social issues and ask for example:

  • How was the quality of life for people with autism 30 years ago?
  • What was their biggest challenge then?
  • What have we been doing in the 30 years and how do they have it today?

One can look at their opportunities to develop their identity and ask:

  • Are autistic children part of our kindergartens and schools today?
  • Will autistic young people get in education and do they get work in our businesses? 
  • Do they earn money, and do they gain independence from others, or should we always care for them – and how do we do it in the best possible way?
  • Will they meet with the acceptance and recognition of other people in our society or are we trying to “file them a bit” so they are easier to fit?

Some time ago, I met Lasse at Novo Nordisk where he is employed by Project Opportunity. Lasse was employed as an operator in the production department, he did the job perfectly. It was quite accidentally discovered that Lasse had “hidden talents”, he could find visual errors in language patterns – Lasse suddenly became invaluable because he was ” seen “.

Because we see autism now. We recognize the behavior that characterizes autism, so the question must be whether we also see the talents of autistic people. Have we been better at finding their skills? 
Have we changed our attitudes and our view of diversity, we have become more open to diversity, and more tolerant?

We are, maybe …

But now we are going to look forward and SIKON has again, this year, gathered some highly skilled researchers, professors and speakers who will inform us and make us even more aware of our topic Autism!

I wish you a very good conference!

You can see a small part of her speech here and a short video of Marie handing the Autism Prize here.

Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit today! She chose to wear her Hugo Boss white printed dress. She first wore it while visiting the HC Andersen Children Hospital in 2017.

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She also carried her old Yves Saint Laurent black tote bag and she wore black pumps. I believe they are the Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ suede pumps she debuted earlier this month.

© YSL
©Jimmy Choo

We’ll see Princess Marie tomorrow again when she’ll attend the spring concert of the Children Association.

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Princess Marie attends ‘Meeting of Minds’ conference

Today, Princess Marie , as Patron of the National Association for Autism attended the ‘Meeting of Minds’ conference at the Bella Sky Center in Copenhagen.

The sixth edition of the Meeting of Minds conference was organized by the National Association for Autism as well as the University of South Denmark (SDU), Studio3 and Samradet. Marie also closely works with SDU on a number of topics.

© Meeting Of Minds

The topics for this year’s conference are “Participation”, “Identity” and “Self-Awareness”. Princess Marie attended a presentation by English researcher Laura Crane , who works at the Center 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 meet and had lunch with the six keynote speakers of the conference , including Laura Crane.
We have limited photos of this event but we can see that Princess Marie wore a new checked blazer that I suspect might be Zara and a new red top.
 She also wore her Christine Hvelplund and she carried the Yves Saint Laurent tote bag she debuted in Greenland earlier this year and her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps.
© Christine Hvelplund
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© Jimmy Choo

We’ll next see Princess Marie next Wednesday as she’ll be in Paris to officially launch the Danish Christmas Months at the BHV Marais store.

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Princess Marie spends the afternoon in Tivoli with children with autism

Today, Princess Marie was in Tivoli Park to spend the afternoon with children with autism and they siblings. Princess Marie is Patron of the association since 2011 and revealed in 2012 that one of her nephew had autism hence why the cause was so personal for her.

(swipe to see more photos from Kongehuset’s instagram)

© Torben Plank / Tivoli

On October 16th, Landsforeningen Autisme, the National Association for Autism, announced that their Patron, Princess Marie, had invited five children and their siblings to spend the afternoon with her in Tivoli Park. Tivoli Park is fully decorated for Halloween right now which promised a very fun afternoon for the children.

© Torben Plank / Tivoli
Princess Marie wanted to invite the siblings and families to visit Tivoli with her and the children as she knows that it can often be difficult for the siblings to feel at ease and find their place in a family where a lot of the attention can be focused on the children with autism. Billed-Bladet reports that Marie had a lot of fun with the children.

Princess Marie wore a new coat by Emporio Armani. The coat is made of mohair and has a Prince of Wales print.

© Emporio Armani

She wore new black ankle boots with her Céline crossbody bag first worn in Rio in August 2016.

© Céline

We’ll see Marie again tomorrow when she joins the royal family for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Princess Marie visit an Autism Center and attends a film premiere in Vordingborg

Today, Princess Marie was in Vordingborg as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism. Princess Marie first visited the Stronstrom Autism Center where she met patients and learned about the center’s new method.

Princess Marie is really involved in her role as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism, it was one of her first patronage and the cause is really important for her as one of her nephew is autistic.She usually attends several events related to the association every year. There were only four photos released and you can see them in the article above.

Afterwards, she went to BiograffCaffeen to attend the premiere of the new documentary ‘Det Digitale Tilbud’ (‘The Digital Offer’) which was produced by the Center and promote the use of digital tools to help autistic people become self-reliant and to give them a better life.The film has won the “Excellence Award” at the American Short Film Festival and had also been awarded the ‘Recognition Award’ at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. You can see more photos here.

Princess Marie said that : ” The movie was really good. It shows how important it is to use digital tools to give people with autism a better everyday life”. Princess Marie was involved in the making of the film as she is the one giving a short introduction to the project at the beginning of the film. You can see it below and watch the full film here.

For this important visit, Princess Marie wore an old UFO jacket first worn in 2011 with a purple top and brown pants.

She paired this outfit with amethyst earrings, her old Naledi Copenhagen clutch and her old Sergio Rossi black ankle boots.

© Naledi Copenhagen
© Farfetch

In the video, she’s wearing her Baum und Pferdgarten top, first worn earlier this year.

© Baum und Pferdgarten

There hasn’t been any events announced for Marie by Kongehuset.

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Princess Marie visits a summer camp for autistic children

Today, Princess Marie visited a summer camp for autistic children in Helsingor as Patron of the Danish association for autism. It is the 10th edition of the camp. Princess Marie last visited it in 2012.

Princess Marie met with the children and took part in the activities of the day, including a treasure hunt, despite the bad weather. After the treasure hunt, children and their families reunited to eat a well deserved ice cream.

 

The association invited 80 families with autistic children for a holiday in the summer camp. During their stay , the families are able to took part in nature expeditions, climbing and a circus show.

For this visit, Princess Marie wore a weather appropriate outfit. Her rain jacket is from the Danish’s Rio 2016 merch by Vero Moda. Her top is from Reiss, first worn during a humanitarian trip to Cambodia in 2012.