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All Going Blue for Autism Speaks

An estimated 1 in 88 children are identified with an autism spectrum disorder according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Two years ago the figure was 1:110. Two years before that 1:150. Autism is nearly five times more likely in males, impacting one in 54 boys, verses one in 252 girls.
Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy organization in the world, prefers the dictionary.
Autism Speaks is encouraging people to light their homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide. People are also encouraged to wear blue on Monday, sport an Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin and incorporate blue in on social media sites pictures.

You may have started to see a lot of blue Facebook profile photos pop up on your news feed. As part of its annual fundraiser for Autism Speaks, Toys “R” Us is incorporating the nonprofit’s “Light It Up Blue” awareness campaign into its efforts.
Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us each have apps that will transform a supporter’s profile picture into a blue autism awareness message. The profile picture swap began this week; the awareness program began on March 1 and will continue through April 30.
This is the sixth year that Toys “R” Us has supported Autism Speaks. Donations to the cause can be made at Toys “R” Us stores and online. So far, the tally is more than $1.2 million.
Monday April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. To commemorate the occasion and raise awareness, Autism Speaks asks people to shine a blue light like those seen in prior years at the Empire State Building and the Paris Stock Exchange. This is the organization’s third year with the “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

Instead of inventing definitions and misleading congress, responsible advocacy groups focus on meeting needs. “These are not just numbers, these are real people with real needs” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “We have to focus on building the infrastructure to provide education and services to all of these people and their families.”

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