Vernon Corea former Ethnic Minorities Adviser to the BBC and presenter of 'London Sounds Eastern' on BBC Radio London, wrote
these prayers remembering people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome all over the world. Vernon Corea was a staunch supporter
of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK as his grandson has ASD. Vernon Corea died in September 2002 in Autism Awareness Year
in the UK. He was a Lay Reader at Emmanuel Church in Wimbledon Village and Christ Church Gipsy Hill in London, UK.
These prayers are being used by churches of all denominations around the world.
A Prayer for the Autistic Community
Thank you for giving us your Son
To teach us and forgive us.
He suffered and died for us,
And while he was on this earth
He healed the sick
And touched the lives
We now commit the lives
Of all autistic people in our nation
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
There 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.
So please lay your hands on me
And bless me.
Be with me Lord Jesus
At home and in school.
Thank you for my parents,my guardians, my family,my carers
My teachers and support workers
And all those who are helping me.
Thank you Jesus, Amen.