As I scroll though my Facebook home page I read the many status updates. Most are full of excitement for in a few days time it will be Valentines day. But if like me you are a mother of a child on the autistic spectrum you will know that Valentines day Sunday 14th Feb 2010 will be a far more important day for some. A day to come together, show support, raise awareness and most of all pray. What are we praying for? Autism that’s what.
Autism Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s has now become a recognised worldwide event that was first founded in the UK in 2002 by Ivan and Charika Corea. Who like myself are proud parents of an autistic child and both British autism campaigners. When I read about this massive achievement they have made by taking something and forming into something massive by using none other than their voice really inspired me to get heard and not be ignored. If we are not the voice for our child and others like them who will be? I seem to spend a great deal of my time fighting for little mans rights and convincing myself that the longer and harder I push the more chance I will have in succeeding. Yes it can behard work, tiring, upsetting, disappointing but also you will find it gives you a great sense off hope and passion. Like they say if you don’t seceded the first time try again. And it’s so true you never give up. Right now I’m fighting for a better education for my son. More SEN services and support groups. I think once this is donesomething else will need addressing it always does. So when days like Autism Sunday come around it puts it all into perspective. And when the world is coming together in pray for something I raise awareness for every single day it’s so exhilarating :) It’s wonderful to see just how far we have come.
Another great thing about Autism Sunday is the messages that flood in from some of the great people of our nation. Here I have listed you a few people who have sent best wishes for this coming Sunday
- Prime Minister Gordon Brown
- The world-renowned autism expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen of Cambridge University
- The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls
- Dawn Primarolo, Minister of State for Children and Young People at the Department for Children, Schools & Families
- The Minister of State of Her Majesty’s Government, Angela Smith MP who is the Minister for Third Sector,
- Shadow Welsh Secretary and the architect of the Autism Bill 2009 in the United Kingdom, Cheryl Gillan MP
- The Mayor of London Boris Johnson
So are you with me in joining the 1,000,000 Prayers ? Here are a few pray points not to forget.
- Pray for all people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Pray for better public services in health, education, specialist speech therapy and respite care.
- Pray for greater awareness of the condition.
- Pray for parents and careers of children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Pray for national governments that they will offer public services and listen to the voices of disability communities.
- Pray for teachers in mainstream schools and special schools that they will think of real educational strategies to help children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. ( This one is one that will be in myprays for sure )
- Pray for the improvement of communication and social skills for children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
So please this Valentines day in between hearts, flowers, and sweet nothings make time for a short pray for Autism & Asperger’s. It’s just one day for you but everyday for our child.