On April 2, 2021, the Ministry of Culture participated in World Autism Awareness Day and illuminated its façade in blue. Organized at the call of Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State for Persons with Disabilities, this initiative consists in lighting in blue at night the symbolic monuments of France and in this case the Palais-Royal.

This event will celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the 2018 - 2022 National Autism Strategy.

The participation of the Ministry of Culture in this operation is part of a proactive policy for the inclusion and access to culture of all audiences.

For audiences with mental and cognitive disabilities, the Ministry of Culture is committed, in collaboration with the association Ciné-ma différence, to the generalization of the program «Relax» which offers inclusive representations, involving all audiences, disabled or not. During these sessions, a benevolent and relaxed environment where everyone can enjoy the show and live their emotions without fear or constraint is put in place, thanks to a protocol adapted to reassure people with disabilities and their entourage, but also the public not concerned by the handicap, the professionals of the hall and the artists.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture will publish next fall a guide to inclusive representation to extend this policy to all its creative, production and broadcasting networks.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect about 7,500 children each year, and the High Health Authority estimates that about 100,000 young people under the age of 20 and nearly 600,000 adults in France have autism.