Autism Awareness Ribbon

(Westminster, UK) Parliamentarians of all parties have signed early day motion 874 supporting Autism Sunday – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The Autism Sunday EDM was tabled in the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster by leading parliamentarian, David Drew.

Autism Sunday, the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome falls on 10th February this year. Church of all denominations have been asked to mark the day to remember the 60 million people with autism worldwide and over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom in prayer. According to UK researchers 1 in 100 children may have autism. Prayers will also be said for the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Children’s Secretary Ed Balls that they reach out to some parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome who are suffering without public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care and support them.

Autism Sunday was initiated in 2002 by parents and carers Ivan and Charika Corea who have a son Charin who has ASD. They launched the Autism Awareness Campaign UK in 2000 and have been campaigning on all fronts. The autism campaigners are calling on the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to launch a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Church leaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rt.Rev.Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of York, Rt.Rev.John Sentamu, the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormack Murphy-O’Connor, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Allaince, Joel Edwards and other church leaders around the world have been urged to speak out on Autism Sunday.

MPs of all parties in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom are signing the early day motion on Autism Sunday. EDM 874 now before parliament reads:

‘That this House pays tribute to churches and religious organisations who are marking Autism Sunday, the international day of prayer for autism and Asperger’s syndrome, on Sunday 10th February 2008; notes that Autism Sunday was launched in 2002 Autism Awareness Year by parents and carers Ivan and Charika Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK with an inaugural historic service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London; calls upon the Government to work with all faith communities in order to reach out to parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s in local communities; urges church leaders and community groups of all denominations to engage with people with autism and Asperger’s; and requests the Government to support Autism Awareness Campaign UK’s call for a national strategy on autism and a cohesive 10 year plan on autism and Asperger’s, as well as supporting Baroness Uddin’s proposal for an autism taskforce.’

Recently a day for autism was organised in the Palace of  in London, UK. Baroness Uddin speaking in the House of Lords called on the Government to set up an Autism Taskforce and consult more widely, Lee Scott MP introduced his Autism Bill in the House of Commons and MPs of all parties signed Harry Cohen MP’s early day motion 705 on autism.

Churches around the world have been asked to act on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and help people in local communities. There are many children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, in parts of Africa and Asia who have no public services at all.
The song for autism, ‘Open Every Door’ sung by British musician Rozagy who has Asperger’s Syndrome and written by Sri Lanka born singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis has been re-released by Media Eye Music to mark Autism Sunday.

For further information on Autism Sunday:
http://autismsunday.tripod.com

To purchase the song for autism, ‘Open Every Door’ released by Media Eye Music:
http://www.mediaeyeproductions.com/rozagy.html

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