BPD Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

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Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. The Boston Police Department is pleased to announce our participation in Light It Up Blue, a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about Autism. Individuals with Autism represent a growing population in our communities – according to a new study released by the CDC, 1 in every 68 children in the United Stated is diagnosed with Autism.

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis.  WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.

In honor of this historic day, the Boston Police Department is proud to stand with the many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores along with the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

For additional information, please visit lightitupblue.org