The White House

Autism Sunday is fast approaching – scheduled for Sunday 8th February 2009. This day is also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome as people focus their hearts and minds and prayers on the worldwide Autism Community – they will be remembering over 60 million people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in prayer, across many nations.

US Campaigners are calling on President Barack Obama to open the gates of the ‘People’s White House’ to mark Autism Sunday 2009 and invite representatives of parents, carers, children and adulrs with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome – this has never been done before, no President of the United States has ever invited the Autism Community into the White House in Washington DC.

President Obama has promised change and the change agenda needs to embrace the Autism Community. US autism advocates are calling on the 44th President of the United States to open up the White House and show that he is inclusive. They are calling for firm action on the issues concerning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Autism Sunday is the first major date in the international calendar where autism is concerned – autism advocates are using the opportunity to campaign hard on the issues of healthcare and education urging President Obama to speak out on autism on 8th February.

Cathedrals, Churches and organisations are observing Autism Sunday around the world. Autism Sunday was launched in the United Kingdom in 2002. The focus is on celebrating the lives of children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

President Obama has promised to give autism top priority. The President is also extending his hand to parents and carers who struggle to cope with life.

The new White House website has featured autism:

President Obama and Vice President Biden are committed to supporting Americans with Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”), their families, and their communities. There are a few key elements to their support, which are as follows:

* First, President Obama and Vice President Biden support increased funding for autism research, treatment, screenings, public awareness, and support services. There must be research of the treatments for, and the causes of, ASD.

* Second, President Obama and Vice President Biden support improving life-long services for people with ASD for treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD.

* Third, President Obama and Vice President Biden support funding the Combating Autism Act and working with Congress, parents and ASD experts to determine how to further improve federal and state programs for ASD.

* Fourth, President Obama and Vice President Biden support universal screening of all infants and re-screening for all two-year-olds, the age at which some conditions, including ASD, begin to appear. These screenings will be safe and secure, and available for every American that wants them. Screening is essential so that disabilities can be identified early enough for those children and families to get the supports and services they need.

All eyes are now on the President as we approach Autism Sunday.

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