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April 1, 2017 | Recognitions

Light It Up Blue for Autism This April

Light It Up Blue for Autism This April

Currently, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects more than 3.5 million Americans. As more children are diagnosed with it, autism has become the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S.

To help boost autism awareness and support the families of those with the diagnosis, you are encouraged to “Light It Up Blue” for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. As one of only four health-related days created and recognized by the United Nations, this is your opportunity to get involved.

What can you do? On April 2, you can wear blue, use #LIUB to post pictures of yourself in blue with and switch your social media profile picture to blue. You can also illuminate your house with blue light filters along with business and governmental agencies that will convert buildings and monuments to blue for the day.

Spread the Word About Autism

ASD is a group of development disorders affecting the brain and every person with the condition is unique. Some may have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, interacting with others and may repeat certain behaviors excessively. Others may excel at art, music, math and other skills.
Approximately one in 68 American children is diagnosed with the condition, with signs usually emerging around the age of two to three or earlier. Children may fail to respond to their names, prefer to play alone, avoid eye contact, have difficulty with verbal and body language and engage in repetitive behaviors. Boys tend to be more at risk for the condition than girls.

While scientists are working to determine what causes autism, it appears to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

If you’d like to know more about ASD, visit Autism Speaks. Or if you have concerns about ASD in your family, schedule an appointment with Specialty Consulting Services at Hudson Physicians. Then plan to Light It Up Blue on April 2.