Once again, Central New York and the world is going blue in honor of Autism Awareness month. Students and teachers in area schools showed their support today by wearing blue for World Autism Awareness Day.

For the month of April, it is being requested that you turn your outdoor lights blue in honor of those who have struggled with autism. The "Autism Speaks" movement is hoping businesses, landmarks, museums, schools, bridges, and homes will participate.

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My wife and girls wore blue to school today and we'll be putting a blue light in our outside lamp. Lots of other people have also shared how they celebrated today:

We had our Team Travis shirts on today. Autism Awareness is 365 days here. (Denise Paquette via Facebook)

Team Travis
Denice Paquette

You can share how you are spreading awareness and participate with the Autism Society's campaign #StandUpForAutism.

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You can also "Put On The Puzzle". According to the Autism Society - "The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America." (Autism Society)

Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism! (Autism Society)

You can purchase a ribbon and other merchandise on the Autism Society's website.

The Utica Tower
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In previous years, the Utica Tower has turned their lights blue. In addition, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, the Dunham Library, and the Varick Bar and Grill have participated.

China Participates in World Autism Awareness Day
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All over the world, buildings will be going blue for World Autism Awareness Month including the Empire State Building, and even the Pyramids in Egypt. Be on the lookout for Central New York landmarks that turn their lights blue for World Autism Awareness Month.


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