Autism Sunday to Celebrate its 10th Anniversary

Autism Sunday

February 12, 2012 will mark the 10th anniversary of Autism Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Founded by UK couple Ivan and Charika Corea in 2002, Autism Sunday has grown into an international phenomenon, with some of the world’s top religious leaders acknowledging the special day of prayer, observed on the second Sunday of February. As with previous years, churches of all denominations (and their parishioners) will be asked to pray for the autism community and those affected by the disorder.

Autism Sunday first began at a church service in St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) and was initially a small idea, but has since grown into a major worldwide event, recognized in the past by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu and British Prime Minister David Cameron, just to name a few.

If your church is not aware of Autism Sunday, please send emails and make phone calls to help spread the word. A note in your church’s bulletin and/or newsletter will also go a long way in helping to let others know about it.

The promoters of Autism Sunday are also asking social media advocates to get involved. On Autism Sunday, please tweet as many messages as possible with the hash tag #AutismSunday to get the topic trending.

We hope you’ll consider getting involved and help make an eternal difference in the lives of those affected by autism, which is estimated to be around sixty-seven million people around the world. I have personally seen the power and impact of prayer in my own family’s life and encourage everyone to participate in this special day.

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One Response to Autism Sunday to Celebrate its 10th Anniversary

  1. It’s Autism Sunday (Pity Party at Church) by Kate Gladstone (autistic person)

    It’s Autism Sunday, that one day a year
    We welcome in fellowship “those folks” ’round here.
    We pray to become more autistic-aware
    On this one special Sunday: the rest, we don’t care.

    We’ll pray for you all, you’re the cause of the week:
    But please don’t imagine that you ought to speak.
    We pray for you, speak for you, we shall decide —
    We steer the course, you’re along for the ride.

    We’ll pray you get healthcare and all of that stuff:
    We’ll pray once again — now, that should be enough.
    Sure, come here next Sunday if help you still seek,
    And we will inform you: “We prayed that last week!”

    The service is ended, we rush to the door.
    Till Autism Sunday next year, we’ll ignore
    The folks that we pray for, this one day a year:
    It’s Autism Sunday, we’re _so_ glad you’re here!

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