LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Around the world people are wearing the color blue to honor those affected by autism. Both Lafayette and West Lafayette are proclaiming Wednesday as World Autism Awareness Day.
Mayor Tony Roswarski was at Bridges of Indiana this morning to read the proclamation. More than 20 people were on hand for the ceremony and balloon launch held Wednesday morning.
Lafayette Bridges director Bill Glick said autism awareness has come a long way over the years.
“It was rarely used and seemed to fit a particular kind of young person, but now we know that persons with autism are on a spectrum,” said Glick. “Tonight if you’re in New York, you’ll see the Empire State Building light up blue. if you’re in Dubai, you’ll see the Burj light up blue, so the notion that autism is something that affects people worldwide is finally spreading.”
World Autism Awareness Day commemorates those affected by autism and raises awareness for continued progress in education programs and employment opportunities.