April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day. Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influcences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 110 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 600 percent increase in the past two decades!!
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $173 million to research and evelopming innovative resources for families.
Now in it's third year, Autism Speak invites you to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism. Whether it's your front porch, an office party or on the local city streets, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism.
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