Autism Awareness Ribbon

(London, UK) The Autism Awareness Campaign UK is urging the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt.Rev. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of York, Rt.Rev.Dr.John Sentamu, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormack Murphy O’Connor and other senior church leaders to speak out on the suffering of some parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome on Autism Sunday on 10th February 2008.

Churches of all denominations in Britain have been asked to observe Autism Sunday – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and remember over 60 million people with autism across the world and over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom in prayer. There are many children with autism in Africa and Asia who have no public services. Life is a hard struggle for families with autism, according to campaigners.
Prayers will also be said for the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Children’s Secretary Ed Balls that they will provide public services and back a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism campaigners are calling for greater support.

The call for church leaders and churches around the world to speak out on Autism Sunday, the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Aspergher’s Syndrome was made by Ivan Corea, head of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK who urged all faith communities to engage with parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The need is very real and faith communities could play a role where autism is concerned.

For further information please see:

http://autismsunday.tripod.com

http://autismsunday.blog.co.uk

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