David Cameron

David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition and British Parliamentarians are backing Autism Sunday. David Cameron said: ‘I would lke to express my support for Autism Sunday. As many as one in a hundred people could be affected by some form of autism, and it is important that we recognise and raise awareness of the difficulties and challenges that they can face.’

David Drew MP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons, in Westminster London, in support of Autism Sunday 2009. EDM 710 said:

‘That this House warmly welcomes the news that cathedrals, churches and religious organisations in the United Kingdom and around the world are observing Autism Sunday, the International Day of Prayer for autism and Asperger’s syndrome on Sunday 8 February 2009 with prayers for over 60 million people with autism across many nations; notes that Autism Sunday was co-founded by British autism campaigners Ivan and Charika Corea and the inspiration behind the Autism Awareness Campaign is their 13 year old Charin who has autism spectrum disorder; further notes that world leaders, including the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, have been asked to speak up for autism and Asperger’s syndrome on Autism Sunday; calls on church leaders and all faith communities to reach out to parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, especially during the economic downturn; urges the Prime Minister and Her Majesty’s Government to provide further financial support to parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome in order for them to cope with life during the deepening economic recession; further calls for an end to re-possessions of homes of families with autism; and believes that all faith communities in the United Kingdom have a role to play in addressing the needs of the marginalised, the socially excluded and the vulnerable.’

Mrs Sarah Brown, wife of Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent her best wishes.The Bishop of London Rt.Reverend Richard Chartres is also backing Autism Sunday. The Bishop said: ‘Autism Sunday is a way of raising awareness of the impact of the relational and communication difficulties with this condition. It is also an opportunity to consider what we can do to support families and ease the isolation of those who experience Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome every day of their lives.’

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has invoked God’s blessings of strength and peace on parents, carers,children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.The Pope will be praying for families and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome on Autism Sunday. The pastor of one of the largest churches in the United States, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California hopes this year’s International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is a huge success. Rick Warren was chosen by US President Barack Obama to lead the inocation at his inauguration in Washington DC. The Archibishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu has sent his blessings. Leading US Pastor, Creflo Dollar sent a personal message of prayer to the organisers of Autism Sunday.

Ministers, parliamentarians and dignitaries are attending an Autism Sunday Service in the London Borough of Redbridge in the United Kingdom at All Saints Church in Woodford Wells at 11.15 am on 8th February.

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