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Cork turning blue for autism

Thursday, 14th March, 2013 8:00pm
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Cork turning blue for autism

Cork city is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd by participating in the Cork Association for Autism’s (CAA) ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign to raise awareness for autism.

Many of Cork’s iconic buildings are gearing up to go blue on the day. Landmarks throughout the world will also be lit up in blue to raise awareness for this social and communication disability. These include the Rockefeller Centre in New York, the Tokyo Tower in Japan and Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

Cork Association for Autism wants to raise awareness for the disability through a co-ordinated awareness campaign during April. It is hosting an autism awareness forum, ‘Autism from adolescence to adulthood’, on April 7th.

Director of services for the CAA, Joe McDonald, comments: ‘We are very grateful that Cork city has chosen to support World Autism Awareness Day.

It is vital that awareness is raised throughout Cork city and county and indeed Ireland in relation to autism, especially within the local community, as there is still a lot of misunderstanding and ignorance in relation to autism spectrum disorder.

By holding an event such as this, Cork city has helped to highlight this “hidden disability” and give those affected the recognition they deserve.’

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