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(London, UK) Autism campaigners in the United Kingdom have urged the three party political leaders – Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg to take decisive action on Autism on World Autism Awareness Day.

The UK Autism Foundation has asked Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to share their Autism Plans in the run up to the 2010 General Election. The leaders have been urged to ‘Stand Up for the Poor’ on the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April 2010. UKAF maintains poor families with autism have been hit hard by the credit crunch and the recession. They desperately need help and support.

Globally, many families with autism are facing a bleak future. There are 60 million people with autism around the world. Autism campaigner Ivan Corea said: ‘I urge Philanthropists around the world to go to Africa, South Asia, South America and the Caribbean – build Autism Centres, Autism Schools and create autism awareness projects in the Third World. There is such a huge need where autism is concerned. Many have no public services and certainly there is a lack of provision for so many millions of children with autism. Philanthropists could work with national governments and local charities and help those who are in desperate need. This would make the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day so meaningful if philanthropists go to where the need is.’ The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has been asked to take this up with world leaders.

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity.This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention.

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