According to the European Parliament and the United Nations, people with autism are one of the most excluded social groups from the community's life, who daily encounters unacceptability and environmental prejudice. The specific support services they need, to be fully involved in the community, are still not developed. Since families do not have the necessary systematic support to meet the needs of these individuals, in contrast Serbia's efforts to ensure the implementation of the values and principles contained in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the number of institutional care and number of people with autism on admission to home accommodation are increasing.
Although it is known that at the institutional accommodation in Serbia there are about 90 people with autism, who are accommodated in two specialized institutions with people with this type of disorder, in Belgrade and Sabac, the exact number of people with autism in Serbia is not known, because there is no national register of persons with diseases of higher public health significance, which include persons with disabilities.
On the occasion of marking the International World Autism Awareness Day, National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) team visited the Stationary for Children and Youth with Autism in Zemun on April 1, to review the situation of people with disabilities at institutional accommodation and follow-up the recommendations of the 2015 Report. On this important day, NPM invites the institutions of social protection home type and other competent institutions, despite the need to ensure a safe home environment in order to protect the health and safety of the beneficiaries, makes additional efforts in order to develop activities aimed at developing and preserving the potential of the beneficiaries and creating the most natural conditions for the life in the institution.