Autism Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger Syndrome, is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of February. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way people perceive the world and interact with others. An autistic person experiences surroundings differently from others, which can affect their communication skills and ability to relate to others.
History of Autism Sunday
Autism Sunday was first celebrated in 2002 during the Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom. It was initiated by parents Ivan Corea and Charika Corea, founders of the UK Autism Awareness Campaign. The parent of Charin, a teenager with autism spectrum disorder and communication disorder, Corea appealed to leaders of religious organizations, churches, community groups and world leaders across the world speak out for people with autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Since then, Autism Sunday has become an international event supported by world church leaders, such as Pope Benedict XVI, and influential politicians. On this day, churches of all denominations worldwide honor children and adults with autism.
The organizers urge participants to speak up for people with autism spectrum disorders and raise awareness about important issues, such as lack of access to public services in health, education, respite care, and speech therapy specialties in many countries.
Autism Sunday is celebrated around the world in many countries.
How to celebrate Autism Sunday
Autism Sunday is a great chance for praying. Let come and visit any church to pray. Don’t forget using hashtag including #AutismSunday, #DayOfPrayerForAutismAndAspergerSyndrome, or #InternationalDayOfPrayerForAutismAndAspergerSyndrome to share and post in the media to spread and encourage.
ObservedAutism Sunday has been observed the second Sunday in February.
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