Today marks the eighth year for millions of people, families and autism organizations to celebrate World Autism Day with awareness fundraising events. Across the world the campaign for “Light It Up Blue” shows people’s support by wearing blue, shining a blue light on their door step, or posting their support on social media.
Landmarks in New York City and Sydney, Australia in support of Light It Up Blue
According to AutismSpeaks.org autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
Block buster films such as Temple Grandin, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Rain Man and Mercury Rising all have been based on characters who have autism which displays how certain interactions affects their day to day lives. There is no cure for autism and it is not contagious, but there are treatments that involve behavioral treatments, medicines or both. You can show your support today by joining SNY by hash tagging #LIUB, wearing blue and lighting your front door step with blue. For more information on Autism visit http://AutismSpeaks.org