Autism Awareness Day Inspires Blue Light Displays All Over the World (PHOTOS)

empire state buildingIt's World Autism Awareness Day and that means one thing: it's time to shed light on a disorder that affects tens of millions worldwide. Here in the U.S., 1 in 88 children are diagnosed (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). So today people all over the globe are taking part in the "Light It Up Blue" campaign to show their support for education and research. From New York City's Empire State Building to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the result is one of the largest collective and awe-inspiring light displays that you'll ever see.

It takes a lot to coordinate an effort between so many different cities and countries, but the fact that these nations were able to come together to honor this cause speaks volumes about its importance. If you want to light up your home or business, log on to for information on buying blue lights.

And there are plenty of other ways to get involved and help whether you have a child on the autism spectrum or not. is a great resource for families dealing with the disorder, providing everything from advocacy groups, leads to groundbreaking research, and ways to give back. You should also check out CafeMom's Autism: Spectrum Support Facebook page for a supportive community of parents who are caring for children on the spectrum.

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anono... anonomyssy

I think what we all need to be aware of about autism, is that rates began to rise with the Hep B vaccine at are over toxed, and over vaccinated.  The evidence, which is alway refuted by those making profits from the vaccines, is overwhelming. 

Jenna... JennaPBug

"Warrior moms" or "louder than words" by Jenny McCarthy - awesome books about recovery

nonmember avatar Rory Gilmore

What needs to happen on World Autism Day is for people to just accept autistic people and stops debating about theories, conspiracies, prevention, etc. Just accept autistic people without viewing them as broken. Support them and the services that enable them to reach their full potential. Support companies that hire people with autism. Autistic people deserve love and support. They do not deserve to be talked about like they are some kind of plague that needs to be eradicated.

Heloise J. Ridley

Hi there, I love the pics. It helped me catch up with the news on autism=)THANKS!

Char_... Char_gal4

I have Autism.  It affects me day to day.  I was diagnosed at 13.  I had been through catatonic shut downs, numerous tests, quack doctors, and yet I was able to find the right therapy, with the support of my parents.  I can drive (got my license at 18), been dating my boyfriend for three years, and going into medical coding (certified).  That said:

THERE WILL BE NO CURE.  Autism is a part of me.  It is a part of all those afflicted.  We can perhaps prevent new cases by finding the possible triggers in genetics and our environment.  We must remove the stigma.

I don't "Go Blue" because it is only a symbolic gesture that ultimately does nothing.  Want to help?  Volunteer at a school for those with special needs.  Learn the facts about the disorder, not just the media hype.  BTW, vaccines are NOT the cause, and the myth has caused far more harm than good.  In fact, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the scientist who made the "MMR causes autism" hoax, was BEING PAID to find harm.

I don't want sympathy.  I don't want a cure that will take away a part of me.  I want understanding, as I try to understand a culture and world I'm not familiar with.

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