World Autism Awareness Day falls on Wednesday 2nd April. The United Nations General Assembly in New York will mark this historic day called for by the State of Qatar. Events are now being organised across the United States of America and around the world.There are 60 million people with autism around the world, many suffer without access to public services.

In the US, according to the CDC, 1 in 150 children are on the autism spectrum and numbers seem to be increasing all the time. Autism campaigners are now calling on the the Democratic candidates Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton, as well as the Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain to make public statements on Wednesday 2nd April on the World Autism Awareness Day and show how they plan to support parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in every state in America. Campaigners are calling on all three political figures to speak out on autism.

Senator John McCain has already stepped into the autism debate while on the campaign trail. “It’s indisputable that autism is on the rise among children,” Senator McCain said while campaigning recently in Texas. “The question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”

However autism campaigners want to hear specific plan from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. They want to know how the candidates would reach out to parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome with reference to providing better public services for all – in every state and funding for independent research. The time has come for the candidates to spell out their plans for autism, and the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April provides Obama, Clinton and McCain with the ideal platform to clearly state how they plan to provide funding and public services.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also been urged to make a statement on autism and launch a World Autism Strategy.

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