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Mayor Menino wants Boston to "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Day

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BOSTON ( – Boston Mayor Tom Menino has asked Boston building owners to "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness.

As part of a global initiative, Mayor Menino has declared April 2 "Autism Awareness Day" in the City of Boston. Boston will join the international autism community in commemorating the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day.

In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of buildings and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

Autism impacts so many Boston families, both emotionally and financially. The Boston Public Schools estimated a 300-percent increase in the number of children diagnosed as being on the spectrum of autism between 1999 and 2009.

Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys, with figures on the rise. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., though there remains no medical detection or cure.

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