In an effort to raise awareness for autism, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative and Executive Building will join other prominent buildings across North America in lighting its dome blue TODAY, Monday, April 2nd to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.
“I am proud to show support for individuals and families who are affected by autism, and I hope by turning the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative and Executive Building dome blue that we will increase awareness of this complex neurobiological disorder,” said Mangano. “Nassau County will join thousands throughout the country in raising awareness and commemorating Autism Awareness Day.”
Autism has become more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. One in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, by age 8, according to a study released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a rate that has risen far above the 2006 estimate of 1 in 110.
For more information on autism and the “The Light it up Blue” program visit www.autismspeaks.org