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World Autism Awareness Day 2013

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by Aimee Addams (subscribe)
"Notice what nobody else notices, and you'll know what nobody else knows."
Light It Up Blue

Autism is a complex disorder which affects roughly 1 in 100 Australians and approx 1 in 110 people around the world.

Autism affects a person's ability to interact with the world around them in a number of ways. Also referred to as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) this developmental disorder has wide ranging levels of severity, commonly affecting social, emotional and communication skills. Many people with ASD have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. The cause of autism is not yet fully understood and there is no known cure.

Globally there is limited funding and support for those suffering with Autism and while there is no cure, there is a lot which can be done to help ASD diagnosed persons in the home, community, schools and workplace environments.

In order to raise awareness of this disorder, in 2007, the United Nations sanctioned April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day, and shortly after, the 'Light It Up Blue' initiative launched as a creative method of highlighting awareness of Autism on this day.

As a symbol of support for World Autism Awareness Day, countries all over the world light up their iconic buildings blue. From The Empire State building to the Sydney Opera House, and numerous hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, retail stores and private homes join this display to raise understanding of the disability that is Autism, to encourage governments to increase funding and support of autistic people in the community, and to celebrate the individuals living with autism and ASD.

So on April 2nd, you are encouraged to help 'Light it up blue' and support Autism Awareness around the world. You can:

*Replace your external house lights with blue globes, or display blue lanterns in your home or office.

*Make a donation o No donation is too big or small!

*Purchase 'Light it up blue' merchandise and wear/use it proudly! All proceeds go to supporting the campaign.

*Tell your friends, family and community all about World Autism Awareness Day and why lighting it up blue is so important for Autism awareness!

For more information and to support Light it Up Blue, visi an

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