|Vernon wore the Autism Awareness Ribbon to the debate in Parliament
Vernon Corea wrote prayers for Autism to mark Autism Sunday on 6th January 2002.
These prayers are now being used by churches of all denominations around the world during Autism Awareness Week. Churches
remember all people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
Autism Sunday was an idea shared by Vernon's son and daught-in-law, Ivan and Charika Corea - they initiated 2002
as Autism Awareness Year and launched the Autism Awareness Campaign. Vernon was a passionate supporter of the campaign in
the UK because of his grandson, Charin, who has autism spectrum disorder.
Vernon wrote to key people, he lobbied others in his efforts to support the Autism Awareness Campaign. He wrote these
prayers for Autism Sunday - services were held across the UK by churches of all denominations and Christians remembered the
520,000 autistic community in prayer, they prayed for breakthroughs for people with autism.
What is Autism?
Autism/pervasive developmental disorder refers to a whole group of disorders characterised by delays in the development
of multiple basic functions including socialisation and communication.
Symptoms of PDD include severe communication problems such as understanding language; difficulty to relating to people,
objects and events, unusual play with toys and other objects; difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings
and repetitive body movements or patterns.
Autism, the experts suggest, is a brain disorder characterised by impaired social interaction and communication skills
and limited activities and interests is the most characteristic and best studied PDD.
Other types of PDD are Asperger's syndrome, Rett's Syndrome,childhood disintegrative disorders and others.
Autism is a neuro- developmental disorder - all of us have neurones in our brains to process thought,they need to fire
in the correct order - in the brains of an autistic child or adult they don't fire at all or they just misfire.
That is why you cannot give an autistic child complex commands.Everything has to be kept well and truly simple.
As in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, parents, carers and autists are struggling to access public
services in health, education, specialist speech therapy and respite care.
They say there are 38,000 autistic people in the land of Vernon's birth - the island of Sri Lanka.Thousands of autistic
children are kept at home without any access to education. There are issues of culture and autism is also confused with mental
illness. Medical and education professionals need training in autism. There are children who remain undiagnosed. There is
a lack of awareness of autism in the provincial towns and villages.
|Vernon attended the first ever Autism Service at St.Paul'sCathedral in 2002 Autism Awareness Year
click on the House of Commons picture (above) to read the full text of the debate attended by Vernon Corea
| Linda Perham who was MP for Ilford North
Vernon attended the historic debate on Autism to mark 2002 as Autism Awareness Year in the House of Commons in Westminster
Hall in the Palace of Westminister in London. The Autism debate was initiated by the distinguished parliamentarian Linda
Perham MP. She spoke with passion about the lives of autistic people, the hardships, the lack of public services and she spoke
in the House of Commons about Charin, Vernon's grandson - when Vernon heard this he was moved to tears.
After this historic House of Commons debate, Vernon met with Linda Perham MP and the representatives of most of
the key organisations who had anything to do with autism in the UK, outside parliament. He told Linda Perham how grateful
he was that she had launched the most successful debate on Autism in parliament - it was supported by parliamentarians of
Vernon also attended the first ever Service for Autism held at St.Paul's Cathedral in London on 10th February 2002.
Over 600 people attended this historic service including autistic children and adults. It was a very moving service and Vernon
felt very a much a part of it.
These prayers, written by Vernon Corea, were used by churches of all denominations, across the United Kingdom on
Prayers for Autism
(These prayers are now being used by churches of all denominations around the world
- during Autism Awareness Week)
A Prayer for the Autistic Community
Thank you for giving us your Son
teach us and forgive us.
He suffered and died for us,
And while he was on this earth
He healed the sick
We now commit the lives
Of all autistic people in our
Into Your loving care.
We ask you to lay Your hands on them
And give them Your peace.
Give them the power
of the Holy Spirit
To make them whole.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
From a Child -
That you are there for me
are many things I'd like to do better-
Like speaking and writing.
I ask you to help me.
You have already helped me in many ways.
Sometimes I see
the world in pictures -
I like to draw, to watch TV.
I like to do many more things,
Which I can't do.
lay your hands on me
And bless me.
Be with me Lord Jesus
At home and in school.
Thank you for my parents, my family,
teachers and support workers
And all those who are helping me.
Thank you Jesus, Amen.