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World Autism Day at Shippensburg University

Join Shippensburg University on April 2nd, in their campaign with Autism Awareness. The "Light It Up Blue" campaign will be spotlighted in the Old Main Tower, diagonal from Kriner Dining Hall. This will be the fifth year the global initiative has been existent. Shippensburg University has previously participated in this campaign years prior. The University hopes to receive a lot of participation this year from students, faculty and staff with the wearing of blue on this day to show support and awareness.

"Autism Speaks alone has committed over $160 million to research and developing innovative new resources for families," Suzanne and Bob Wright. The Wrights are co-founders of Autism Speaks. They also added, "This disorder has taken our children away. It's time to get them back." For more information about the Wrights and how to contribute to their foundation, visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/about-us/founders-message

Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder (sometimes referred to as “classic autism”), Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified and Asperger syndrome. For more information on Autism, visit http://www.autism-society.org/