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Autism Campaigners around the world are appealing for greater support on Autism Sunday 2008 – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Churches of all denominations will be remembering over 60 million people worldwide who are on the autism spectrum, in prayer.Parents groups and charities have been calling for more support and better public services.

Autism Sunday was initiated by British parents Ivan and Charika Corea who founded the Autism Awareness Campaign in 2000. Autism Sunday was launched in 2002 Autism Awareness Year – a historic service was held at St.Paul’s Cathedral in London – children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome attended the moving service at St.Paul’s Cathedral. It was the first ever service on autism held in a British Cathedral.

UK Churches will also be praying for Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Children’s Secretary Ed Balls calling on them to provide public services for parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism is a neuro developmental disorder in Britain over 500,000 people are on the autism spectrum. According to UK researchers 1 in 100 children may have autism. Numbers are rising across the country.

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK has been calling for a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism Campaigners have appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rt.Rev.Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of York, Rt Rev John Sentamu, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance Joel Edwards and other church leaders to speak out on autism and the serious education and health issues on Autism Sunday.

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