Autism advocates asking supporters to Light it Up Blue

Utah State University will be lighting up the A on Saturday in recognition of worldwide Autism Awareness Day. Many children will also be bringing home blue glow bracelets to wear over the weekend to further raise awareness. Over 9,000 bracelets have been handed out throughout Cache Valley.The group organizing the event hopes people will choose to wear blue, wear blue glow items, change out their bulbs for blue ones, or even just have a blue string of Christmas lights in support of the event. According to Jill Drysdale, mother of an autistic child and event organizer, supporters are also encouraged to walk downtown Logan anytime Saturday night wearing their blue and glow if they have it and walk the downtown area in support of the Light it Up Blue event.Officials say one in every 110 children are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder each year and not long ago the figure was one in 1,000 children. Tom Higbee, of the USU Special Education and Rehabilitation Department, encourages everyone to educate themselves about the disease during April, which is Autism Awareness Month.

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