Locals shedding a blue light on autism

April 2nd many buildings across the world will turn their lights blue to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day. The goal is to carry it out all throughout April. The aim is to light the world blue all throughout April city by city, town by town to raise autism awareness in people’s communities. Some of the notable sites that will be lit blue throughout the world are the Empire Sate building in New York City, CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, Great Buddha at Hyogo, Kobe, Japan and Jesus Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. People are invited to attend a walk on April 2nd on Downtown Main Street in Logan from 6-7 p.m. In support of autism awareness people are encouraged to wear blue and any blue lights they may have. Jill Drysdale, President of Cache Autism Support Group, says people can bring what they want. The main thing is they are encouraging people and families to come and learn more about autism. Those who come can bring food for a picnic if they want to eat it on the Logan Tabernacle lawn, get an ice cream at the Bluebird or just take a stroll. The goal is to have blue be seen and have people be more interested in learning about autism. Autism is becoming more of an issue every year. In 2012 every 1 in 47 children in Utah will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism. For those who want more information on this event or to see more buildings that will be lighting it up blue people can visit www.lightitupblue.org.

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