In co/operation with Autism Awareness Year 2002, participating churches around the country will remain open for some or all of the day.
There will be a display with information o take away and people available to answer queries for those who are seeking help and advice. There will be local and general contact numbersand information on meetings for those who feel the need of ongoing support.
There will be a place of quiet, or someone to pray with, according to visitors' needs. Others might prefer a cup of coffee and a chat, and a place to leave prayer requests. We would encourage anyone who has questions or concerns to come.
This is for everyone, of any age, race or religion. Because autism affects so many families, we don't want anyone to be left out.
Those churches taking part would also welcome letters, stories, paintings, from anyone, of any age, who would like to demonstrate something of what it feels like to be affected by Asperger syndrome or other autistic spectrum disorder.
NAS wants this to be a day when we learn from each other. We want it to be a day that will not only bring greater awareness, but also encourage more potential support from members of local communities. Watch your local press for details and times of church openings.
The organisers are also asking that participants to get in touch after the day, with the organiser or the organisers of Autism Awareness Campaign so that participating bodies can report on the success of the day in their newletters and magazines. Contact can be made by email via either of the websites below.
More information about the year from