Professor Simon Baron Cohen of the renowned Autism Research Centre in Cambridge University has welcomed the news that a cover version of ‘Open Every Door’ the song for autism sung by Rosagy, a musician who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is due to be released in London.

Professor Simon Baron Cohen said: ‘I am delighted that Rosa’s beautiful version of the song “Open Every Door” will be used to fundraise for autism research.

It is the energy and idealism of people like Rosa that inspires people to do whatever they can to make the world a better place for people with autism,’ he said.

Ivan Corea who heads the Autism Awareness Campaign UK said: ‘I am delighted that Rosa is covering the Nimal Mendis song for autism ‘Open Every Door’. I know it will go a long way in raising awareness about autism and I would urge music lovers all over the world to support the song.’

‘Open Every Door’ was written by the Asian superstar, the Sri Lanka-born singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis who lives in the UK. Mendis dedicated the song to a 11 year old boy with autism, Charin Corea who is the son of autism campaigners Ivan and Charika Corea. Charin was the inspiration behind his parents campaign – they set up the Autism Awareness Campaign UK in 2000 and have been lobbying for better public services for all people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. A copy of the Nimal Mendis version of ‘Open Every Door’ was handed over to Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Sir Menzies Campbell by the Autism Awareness Campaign.

Ivan Corea recently met with Gordon Brown on the campaign trail and asked him a question on autism. Mr. Brown conceded that the Government needs to do more for all children with disabilities.

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK has urged Prime Minister Gordon Brown to provide all children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome with a ‘world class education’ and specialist education facilities. Many suffer as a result of a postcode lottery to public services.

Rozagy is a British Artist & composer with Asperger’s syndrome (Autism in pure form without learning difficulties). As a child, she had behavioural problems and was labelled a “difficult child” and health professionals even suggested she may be institutionalised. Her parents defied odds by placing her into “gifted child programme” (even though she struggled) as well as paid for private tuition in a few key subjects of interest. Rozagy was formally taught music from the age of 5 and now holds 2 University degrees. She’s a “living proof” that right education can work greatly to maximise Autistic person’s potential. Rozagy has excellent visual & auditory memory and feels passion for learning.

She has worked as a journalist and also taught children with behavioural problems Art & IT.  Her artwork was exhibited alongside Steven Wiltshire’s (Autistic savant) in Cambridge international ‘Autism in Art’ exhibition (Sept. 2006) and in Birmingham museum (Feb.- April 2007) and in a private art gallery. She is currently involved in campaigning for Autism awareness, tackling the bullying of Autistic people and a better provision for children & adults on the Autistic spectrum as well as making art & composing. She’s married with two children (her oldest son also has Asperger’s).

Rosagy hopes to raise funds for Professor Simon Baron Cohen’s Autism Research Centre through the song ‘Open Every Door.’

To download Rosagy’s cover version of ‘Open Every Door’ please access the webpage:

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