UN World Autism Awareness Day: Baroness Uddin welcomes Autism Song

Westminster, UK – The highly influential Peer, Baroness Uddin welcomed the launch of the Nimal Mendis’ song for autism, ‘Open Every Door’ sung by South Asian superstar Gresha Schuilling.
 ‘Open Every Door’ was launched for the first ever United Nations World Autism Awareness Day declared by the the United Nations General Assembly on the recommendation of Qatar. The UN World Autism Day takes place on Wednesday 2nd April 2008.
 A presentation was made in the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster in London recently. The distinguished Sri Lanka born singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis presented a copy of ‘Open Every Door’ sung by Gresha Schuilling to Lady Uddin who has campaigned on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome for many years.Nimal Mendis wrote the autism song for the Autism Awareness Campaign UK. The song is about a 12 year old boy with autism. It is the cry of every parent or carerer who has a child with autism.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a special message to mark the UN World Autism Awareness Day said:

Today, the world marks the first commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day. I commend this important initiative spearheaded by the State of Qatar, and applaud the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, the Consort of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, in raising awareness about children with developmental disabilities. Her Highness’s vision and initiatives have helped to empower children with disabilities and their communities in the Arab region and worldwide.

On this day, the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to the rights and well-being of people with disabilities — a commitment rooted in our fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. Throughout its history, the United Nations family has promoted the rights and well-being of the disabled, including children with developmental disabilities.

It is especially fitting that this inaugural Day falls in 2008 — the year in which we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights, and expect to see the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the General Assembly in 2006.

As we advance the universal human rights of children with disabilities, let us focus on building enabling environments for them to prosper as future members of their communities, citizens of their countries and as fully-fledged members of the global community. Let us pay tribute to the courage of children with autism and their families, as they strive every day to confront the disability with a powerful combination of determination, creativity and hope. Let us empower them and respond to their needs today, so as to make our societies more accessible, enabling and empowering for all our children tomorrow.,’ said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The ‘Open Every Door’ Nimal Mendis song for autism goes on sale on UN World Autism Awareness Day priced at £3.50 inclusive of postage and packing.

To order the ‘Open Every Door’ CD please contact Media Eye Music in London via e-mail: songsign29@yahoo.co.uk or telephone the UK on 01895 253 192.

For information on ‘Open Every Door’ please see: www.mediaeyeproductions.com

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