Abilene Participates in World Autism Awareness Day

Published 04/02 2014 11:39AM

Updated 05/28 2014 02:43PM

The City of Abilene is taking part in World Autism Awareness Day by turning the lights of the Abilene Civic Center blue Wednesday April 2, 2014. This is part of the Light It Up Blue movement started by the organization Autism Speaks.

Wednesday night, prominent structures across North America and the world will turn their lights blue in efforts to raise awareness for autism and commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.

Well known structures that will bask in the blue light include the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.

“As a parent of an autistic child, I understand firsthand the financial and emotional challenges autism places on families,” said David A. Vela, Deputy City Manager. “Many children in Abilene and the surrounding areas could be helped to reach their greatest potential with accurate, early diagnosis and appropriate intervention.”

“I am grateful that the city of Abilene has chosen to raise community awareness and participate in World Autism Awareness Day,” said Vela.

There will also be a walk for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 26 at the Abilene Zoo. 

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