Autism awareness: light it up blue on April 2

March 29, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

Logo for World Autism Awareness DayOnce again, Cache Valley residents are invited to participate in the Light it Up Blue autism awareness night on April 2. Just go to the area around the tabernacle and the emporium in  downtown Logan, from 6 to 7 pm–and wear blue.

If you’ve got blue glow gear, that’s even better.

“There’s no formal start or finish,” said Jill Drysdale, who is promoting the local event.  “It’s just meant as an opportunity to wear blue and mingle.”

The gathering raises local awareness for autism, which is diagnosed at a higher rate in Utah than in any other state. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 44 Utah children were identified with autism (1 in 32 boys and 1 in 85 girls). Autism numbers are up nationwide, with a 23 percent increase since 2009. “Some of the increase is due to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their local communities,” according to the CDC, “although exactly how much is due to these factors in unknown.”

The local autism awareness gathering gives people a way to participate in a worldwide event. (For a slide show of world landmark buildings that went blue last year, visit the Light It Up Blue web page.)

For more information on the event, visit the CPD Facebook Page and look for a post from Jill.