April is Autism Awareness Month and today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. This is the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day. In honor of the day, Autism Speaks is celebrating Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community. Light It Up Blue aims raise awareness about autism by turning many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores as well as homes, blue.
Last year, from the Empire State Building in New York City to the Christ the Redeemer statute in Rio to Paris City Hall to the Sydney Opera House to homes in your neighborhood were illuminated with blue lights to shine a light on autism. Check out this amazing gallery of photos from Light It Up Blue 2012 here.
You can find a list of this year's participating locations, including Graceland, and events, including the many baseball teams dedicating games to Autism Awareness, here. Check out the video below for more information on the campaign.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that approximately 1 in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. According to AutismSpeaks.org, "Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States."
That is a lot of children on the autism spectrum, and that means a lot of tweens with autism. Check out this short Autism Speaks video on the Light It Up Blue campaign:
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