February 15, 2010

Churches worldwide mark Autism Sunday

by Benjamin Graham

Churches around the world yesterday marked Autism Sunday, an international day of prayer for people with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Christians across the globe attended special church services to remember the 60 million people with autism.

The event was set up in 2002 by Ivan and Charika Corea, who have a son with autism, as a way of raising awareness about the condition.

Ivan said: “I urge autism campaigners around the world to use Autism Sunday as a platform to lobby hard on the serious education and health issues connected with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“Autism Sunday is now a massive worldwide event and it is an opportunity to press for genuine and lasting change for parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“I am urging people all over the world to write to world leaders asking them to do more for autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and provide better public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care.”

Leading politicians, including David Cameron and Gordon Brown, gave messages of support to mark the day.

Cameron said: “I would like to express my support for Autism Sunday.

“As many as one in a hundred people could be affected by some form of autism, and it is important that we recognise and raise awareness of the difficulties and challenges that they can face.”

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