It'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 LightItUpBlue.org 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. AutismSpeaks.org 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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