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 – Thursday, April 4th – to commemorate World Autism Awareness Month.
Nassau joins more than 200 famous landmarks that participate in “The Light it up Blue” program, including the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Madison Square Garden and the Seattle Space Needle.
“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 County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County will join thousands throughout the nation in raising awareness and commemorating the 6th Annual World 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 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, visit www.autismspeaks.org
Joining County Executive Mangano at this evenings dome lighting event are members of Family Residences & Essential Enterprises (FREE) singing the National Anthem; Diane Cahill; President of Autism Coalition of LI and NYS Advocacy Chair for Autism Speaks; Ashley Koeppel of the Youth Leadership Council; and several parent advocates.
“The most difficult part about Autism is that we don’t know the causes of it, which is why it is so important to invest in and support efforts to research and learn more about the spectrum as a whole,” Mangano said.