World Autism Awareness Day




As part of World Autism Awareness Day, which will take place on April 2, the CHUV and the HUG are each organizing an exhibition on each of their site with artists with autism. Two public lectures complete this program.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that mainly affects communication and social relationships. It is estimated that one in 100 children has autism. A good understanding of the person with autism, appropriate support, as well as tolerance towards him or her and his or her family are key to success in making their lives better.

Contacted by the Comité d'Autisme Romandie regarding April 2, the cultural activities managers of the two hospitals were offered a wide choice of artworks by artists with autism.

From March 29 to April 26, at the CHUV and from March 30 to April 26, at the HUG, the two exhibitions will share the works of about twenty artists. Photographs, paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures and miniatures will be on display.

Vernissage EVENTS

At the CHUV
The opening of the exhibition entitled "Singular Perception", which will focus on self-portraits and portraits, will take place on 28 March 2018 at 6.30 pm in the main hall of the hospital building, Rue du Bugnon 46, 1011 Lausanne.

Concert proposed by the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Duo Jazz with Jeff Baud (flugelhorn) and Pierre-Luc Valet (piano) at 7pm.


At the HUG
The exhibition entitled "Autistic Artist" will be inaugurated on 29 March 2018, at 6pm, in the Salle des Pas Perdus, Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4, 1205 Geneva.

A duet danse performance by Luca Formica and Melissa Cascarino will take place at 6:15 pm.



Exchanging their specialists, the CHUV is hosting a public conference on 16 April with Geneva professor Stephan Eliez and writer M. Metin Arditi, while the HUG welcome, on 24 April, Professor Nadia Chabane, Director of the Cantonal Centre for Autism in the Canton of Vaud at the CHUV, Professor Nadia Micali, Head of Department, Department of Children and Adolescents at the HUG, Ms Isabelle Baud, painter and Ms Pilar Blanco, Head of Sector at the Epicentre for Autism.

Lausanne – 16 April 2018, 6pm
Conference : "Autism, from neuroscience to the arts"

  • Prof. Stephan Eliez, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Medical Director of the Fondation Pôle Autisme
  • Metin Arditi, writer, president of the Fondation Pôle Autisme
  • Followed by a conversation between Pietro Sarto, painter and engraver, and the students of the "Passerelle Culturelle", Lavigny Institution.

Admission is free and without registration.


Geneva –24 April 2018 – 6pm
Conference : "Autism, from genetics to the arts"

  • Welcome address: Prof. Nadia Micali, Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, HUG
  • "Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensations and Perceptions", Prof. Nadia Chabane, Director of the Cantonal Autism Centre, CHUV
  • "The spectrum of colours", Isabelle Baud, painter
  • "Drawing for communication", Mrs. Pilar Blanco, head of the sector at the epicenter autism
  • Isabelle Steffen, President of the Committee of the French-speaking part of Switzerland on April 2.

This conference will take place at the Marcel Jenny - Hospital - Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4 - 1205 Geneva.

Admission is free and without registration.

For more information :

HUG, Press and Public Relations Department
Nicolas de Saussure +41 22 372 60 06 / +41 79 553 60 07

CHUV, Media Relations
Catherine Cossy +41 79 556 60 00

Author: presse-HUG (.pdf) >
Translation : Tania Secalin with the help of

March 26, 2018