London, UK – Asian superstar, the award winning singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis announced in London that his Song for Autism, titled ‘Open Every Door’ will be used to raise funds for the British charity, Autism Speaks UK
The song for autism can now be downloaded from the mediaeyeproductions website. 50% of every download will go to Autism Speaks UK chaired by the highly respected Dame Stephanie Shirley.
Autism Speaks UK is a registered British charity that raises funds to accelerate biomedical research to determine and understand the causes and biological basis of autism spectrum disorders; and through that understanding to discover and promote new ways of improving the quality of life for all those affected.Autism is a complex brain disorder that significantly impairs a person’s ability to communicate, respond to their surroundings and form relationships with others. The exact cause or causes of autism are at present unknown but there is increasing evidence that accelerating autism research could transform people’s understanding of autism and lead to more effective interventions and treatments. There are 587,900 people with autism in the UK. According to UK Researchers 1 in 100 children may have autism. There are 60 million people with autism around the world.
The ‘Open Every Doors’ CD was personally handed over to British Prime Minister Tony Blair by Ivan Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK. Mr. Corea has also handed over copies of the CD containing the song for autism to the Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown, the Leader of the Opposition David Cameron and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell.
Nimal Mendis has joined British musicians in urging the Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown who is at present the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK to take decisive action on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and help parents, care providers and people with autism who are in need. They are calling for an end to the postcode lottery in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care in the UK. Many suffer without access to proper public services – some councils even withhold statements to autistic children on the grounds of cost. There is huge momentum in the British parliament for radical change in policy.
A copy of the Autism Report detailing the concerns and recommendations of the campaign was presented to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the 25th of April by Lee Scott MP and Ivan Corea, autism campaigner.
A copy of ‘Open Every Door’ was also presented to the influential British Parliamentarian, Lee Scott MP who has championed the cause of autism in the House of Commons.
Nimal Mendis hopes that his song for autism will help raise awareness of the condition around the world. ‘Open Every Door’ is the first ever song on autism written by a South Asian singer/songwriter. Mendis has written a moving song about the life of a child with autism.
To download ‘Open Every Door’ the song for autism in aid of Autism Speaks UK go to www.mediaeyeproductions.com/downloads.html.
To find out information about Autism Speaks UK: www.autismspeaks.org.uk.