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Salem observes World Autism Awareness Day

Posted by Terri Ogan  April 2, 2013 08:50 AM

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In observance of World Autism Awareness Day and the Light Up Blue Campaign, the city of Salem has turned on its blue emergency lights.

The city notified residents last night that although the blue lights are lit, there is no snow emergency.

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is participating in the campaign in conjunction with Parents United of Salem and Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee.

“Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the US,” Driscoll said in a recent announcement. “Salem is proud to help raise awareness of this increasingly prevalent disorder by participating in the Light It Up Blue Campaign.”

The campaign is sponsored by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and encourages buildings and landmarks across the world to turn their lights blue on April 2 to promote autism awareness.

“We are grateful that the Salem community is so supportive in helping to increase education, outreach and awareness for such disabilities as autism,” said Parents United of Salem Co-Chair Melissa Marie Wilson in a statement. “It’s amazing to watch Salem grow and work together to promote a healthier and happier community.”

Parents United of Salem will also host an Autism Awareness Walk around the Salem Common at 6:30 p.m. and is encouraging all participants to wear blue.

The walk will be followed by an Autism Awareness Fair on Saturday April 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. also on the Salem Common.

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