Autism Awareness Day

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today (April 2nd), is World Autism Awareness Day, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Persons and businesses around the world are being encouraged to “Shine a Blue Light on Autism,” as a way to make others aware of the condition, which affects 1 out of every 88 children.

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. The physical condition is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. The exact causes of the abnormalities remain unknown. While a variety of research is actively underway to determine what may lead to autism, experts say genetic factors seem to play an important role.

On Sunday, April 15th, the Omaha Children’s Museum at 500 South 2nd Street, will host Autism Night, from 5:30-to 8-p.m.  Sponsored by Autism Action Partnership (AAP), the free event is open to children with all spectrums of autism, and their families. The museum is working with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and AAP to create an appropriate environment for the event. The program is one of many developed by the Omaha Children’s Museum, to reach out to audiences with special needs. 

To learn more about today’s Autism Awareness Day, and the movement to “Shine a Blue Light on Autism”, surf the web to www.lightitupblue.org.