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Thursday January 21st

Pit Talk

Wear Blue Tomorrow for Worldwide Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations in a 2007 resolution and encourages all Member States to promote awareness in hopes of encouraging early diagnosis and intervention.

Events around the globe will be highlighting the talents and skills of people with autism while providing the public with important information about autism as a global health crisis.

In the United States, one out of every 110 school children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autistic children have difficulties with social interactions, but early diagnosis and intervention can greatly improve their ability to learn and communicate. Awareness is vital to helping those with autism learn to speak, develop friendships, and attend regular schools.

Prominent landmarks across the world will be changing their lights to blue in honor of Worldwide Autism Awareness Day. Check out Autism Speaks and learn how to get involved by lighting it up blue at “”:http://www.lightitupblue.org/

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