Cathedrals, Churches and religious organisations across the world have been urged to pray for over 60 million people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. In the UK over 500,000 people are on the autism spectrum. According to UK researchers 1 in 100 children is on the autism spectrum.
Autism Sunday was launched in 2002 Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom by parents and carers Ivan and Charika Corea. The inspiration behind the autism campaign is their son Charin, now 12 years of age who has autism spectrum disorder and a communication disorder. History was created when the first ever service for Autism Sunday was held at St.Paul's Cathedral in London in 2002 covered by British television. Many parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome attended the moving service for autism.