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Autism Awareness Week - Prayers for Autism


It's Autism Awareness Week and the focus is on all people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in the UK.

Churches of all denominations will be praying for the 520,000 autistic community in the UK which includes 90,000 autistic children.


Vernon Corea, who died in September 2002 was the BBC's first Ethnic Minorities Adviser. He also presented the popular 'London Sounds Eastern' radio program, produced by Keith Yeomans and broadcast over BBC Radio London 206 in the 1970s and 1980s. Vernon was a strong supporter of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK. His grandson was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Vernon wrote special prayers for Autism in 2002 Autism Awareness Year. Churches now use these prayers during the annual Autism Awareness Week to pray for all people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
Churches and religious organisations all over the world are welcome to use these prayers.
The Autism Awareness Campaign in the United Kingdom are calling on Her Majesty's Government to look into the 'spiritual needs' of children and adults with autism and asperger's syndrome. We need to have an honest discussion on spirituality and autism.Many  autistic children under the Government's 'inclusion policy' are attending mainstream schools, others are attending specialist schools. We should be looking  at the spiritual needs of young people with autism as well as adults and the elderly in the wider community. We urge the Government, church leaders and community leaders to take this subject seriously.
During Autism Awareness Week we need to remember in prayer all people with autism and asperger's syndrome irrespective of  their backgrounds, race or creed - they are all God's children.



Vernon Corea 1927-2002

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