The award winning singer song writer from Sri Lanka,Nimal Mendis, has released a song for autism in London. The song has created history as it is the first time that a South Asian songwriter has released a song on the topic of autism. The English lyrics are very moving, referring to the journey of a child with autism.
Autism a neuro-developmental disorder affects 1 in 100 children in the United Kingdom and 1 in 150 children in the United States. There are 60 million people with autism around the world.According to experts there are 39,000 children with autism in the homeland of Nimal Mendis – the island of Sri Lanka. Thousands do not have access to education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care in the island of Sri Lanka.
The song for autism is titled:’Open Every Door’ – a copy of the Nimal Mendis CD was presented to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his office in the House of Commons in London on 25th April.The presentation to the Prime Minister was made by Ivan Corea, of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK.
A copy of ‘Open Every Door’ was also presented to the highly influential parliamentarian Lee Scott who has championed the cause of autism in the House of Commons.