UNMC tower in Omaha to be lit in blue for Autism Awareness

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"I am very happy that people want to 'Light It Up Blue, '" she said. Around the world, thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join hundreds of thousands of homes and communities to light up blue in support of people living with autism, as part of the Light It Up Blue campaign by Autism Speaks, an USA based advocacy organization.

"The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is rising. This is an opportunity to embrace a new perspective, to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to many individuals facing an autism diagnosis each year". They might have unique strengths and abilities that help them excel in school or the workplace, but they might also have challenges with social interaction, highly restricted interests and, in some cases, repetitive behaviors or sensory sensitivities. Together, we celebrate the many ways individuals with ASDs enhance our daily lives and make priceless contributions to our schools, workplaces, and communities.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in 88 children and the disorder is more common in boys. Exactly what causes autism and the best course of treatment for some of the symptoms are still unknown at this time. The woman, Suzanne Wright, co-founded the group with her husband Bob in 2005.

As a global foundation, Autism Speaks' interpretations, definitions and representations of autism hold the attention of national and worldwide audiences and the organization raises millions in funding through national walks, global events, concerts, galas and through government grants. The autism community - and her husband Bob - still mourn her death. In June 2014, research funded by the Autism Speaks organization found the lifetime cost averages $2.4 million for a person when autism involves intellectual disability, which occurs in 40 percent of people with autism, and $1.4 million when it does not.

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The day aims to raise awareness on autism in a society where children and adults with this disorder are often stigmatised.

Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) also supports a psychotherapy art course for the benefit of the Charitable Society for Autism Families in Riyadh.

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), observed on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health priority.