Rochester goes blue for Autism Awareness Month

Created: 04/02/2014 5:13 AM WHEC.com

One in every 68 children face a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, and activists say, it's time to speak up for people and families affected by it.

On Tuesday, officials from AutismUp are asking Rochester community members to wear blue in honor of those affected by the disorder during the 11th annual "World Autism Awareness Day."

Greece Athena High School will participate in Tuesday's event with a display that will be unveiled at 2:30 p.m. The project consists of 21 four-foot high blue puzzle pieces that were painted by students from the school. The project will be displayed throughout April.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, members from AutismUp will join the University of Rochester Medical Center to light the Rundell Library on South Avenue in Rochester blue for autism awareness.

World Autism Awareness Day was created by the United Nations in 2007 to recognize how autism impacts lives, and find ways to help people on the spectrum lead meaningful lives. For more information on Autism Awareness Month, visit  AutismUp.org or call 585-248-9011.

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