Turning blue for autism awareness

A FOUNTAIN in Gisborne and a tree in Romsey will shine bright for autism this weekend.

The United Nations World Autism Awareness Day will be marked on Wednesday with buildings around Victoria taking part in the global Light It Up Blue campaign for autism awareness. 

Federation Square will be bathed in blue at the weekend with a big screen presenting information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

AAMI Park will also turn blue on Wednesday with Crown Casino’s Atrium and exterior showing its support at the weekend.

In Victoria alone, there are around 55,000 people with ASD.

It is being diagnosed in around 1 in 100-110 school aged children in Victoria.

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects an individual’s ability to communicate and interact socially.

It is poorly understood by the wider community and better awareness is sought to improve the experience of the individuals who live with it.

Find out more about World Autism Awareness Day at http://www.amaze.org.au/events-info/waad/

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