GAUTENA Autism Society
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Background and Context
GAUTENA is the acronym in Basque language of Gipuzkoa Autism Society www.gautena.org. This society of families of people with autism spectrum disorder (from now on referred to as ASD) was founded in 1978, in Gipuzkoa, one of the three provinces that constitute the Basque Country (Spain). In compliance with its Statute of Autonomy from 1979, the Basque Country has full capacity and responsibility in areas such as Health, Education, and Social Services. This circumstance, together with the financial autonomy that the mentioned political regime confers to the Basque region, helps to understand GAUTENA’s development in favor of people with ASD in Gipuzkoa, a region of 1909 km 2 with a population of about 710,000 inhabitants.
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