Monuments Around The Globe Are Turning Blue For Autism Awareness
In support of World Autism Awareness Day, nations across the globe are shining blue lights to raise global awareness of autism.
Every year on the evening of April 1, some 13,000 buildings across the globe shine bright blue in an effort to raise awareness of autism.
Autism is a general term that describes a group of developmental brain disorders in varying degrees — communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors.
Seventy-million people around the world are affected by the disorder, and an estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
Here are some of the world’s landmarks that have shined blue on World Autism Awareness Day.
Empire State Building – New York, NY
Macau Tower – Macau, China
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Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada
CN Tower – Toronto, Ontario
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Times Square – New York, NY
Chamber Rotunda – Guayaquil, Ecuador
Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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The Great Buddha at Hyog Nofukuji Temple – Hyogo, Japan
Hungarian Parliament Building – Budapest, Hungary
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China Millennium Monument – Beijing, China
The Taipei 101 building – Taipei City, Taiwan
World Heritage Himeji Castle – Himeji, Japan
Torre Colpatria – Bogotá, Colombia
Old Parliament House – Canberra, Australia
Tokyo Tower – Tokyo, Japan
Shanghai World Financial – Shanghai, China
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Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) – Chicago, Illinois
To learn more about how autism affects 70 million people worldwide and to find out how you can lend a hand, visit www.autismspeaks.org.