Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
Around the world people, businesses and monuments are clad in blue because April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. From the Empire State Building in New York City to Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado, Brazil more than 200 buildings all over the world will “light it up blue” for autism awareness.
“Light It up Blue” encourages people to know the signs of autism and promote awareness by wearing blue. This year, Autism Speaks is urging people and organizations to illuminate their buildings in blue, host blue events and make donations throughout the entire month of April. For more information, visit Autism Speaks.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder that appears in early childhood before the age of 3. The general symptoms are repetitive behaviors, restricted interests, cognitive impairment and social delays. It affects one in 68 children born today and one in 54 boys.
The Shape of Behavior offers treatment including but not limited to early intervention for individuals with autism and other developmental delays. TSOB specializes in applied behavior analysis therapy (ABA), which is an evidence-based treatment credited for many success stories. It has helped improve the lives of countless individuals struggling with autism.
April 2 was declared World Autism Awareness Day on December 18, 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly with the goal of calling attention to autism, a disorder that affects millions around the world. Autism Speaks started “Light It up Blue” as a way to spread the word about the disorder.
As research continues knowledge of autism grows and better programs and services are becoming available for individuals with autism, but there is still room for improvement and more research must be conducted in order to determine the causes of this disorder.