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Monuments Around The Globe Are Turning Blue For Autism Awareness

In support of World Autism Awareness Day, nations across the globe are shining blue lights to raise global awareness of autism.

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Every year on the evening of April 1, some 13,000 buildings across the globe shine bright blue in an effort to raise awareness of autism.

Autism is a general term that describes a group of developmental brain disorders in varying degrees — communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors.

Seventy-million people around the world are affected by the disorder, and an estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

Here are some of the world's landmarks that have shined blue on World Autism Awareness Day.

Empire State Building – New York, NY

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Macau Tower – Macau, China

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Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada

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CN Tower – Toronto, Ontario

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Times Square – New York, NY

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Chamber Rotunda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Abdulla Bin Touq

The Great Buddha at Hyog Nofukuji Temple – Hyogo, Japan

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Hungarian Parliament Building – Budapest, Hungary

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China Millennium Monument – Beijing, China

Emmanuel Wong

The Taipei 101 building – Taipei City, Taiwan

Ashley Pon

World Heritage Himeji Castle – Himeji, Japan

Buddhika Weerasinghe

Torre Colpatria – Bogotá, Colombia

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Old Parliament House – Canberra, Australia

Martin Ollman

Tokyo Tower – Tokyo, Japan

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Shanghai World Financial – Shanghai, China

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Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) – Chicago, Illinois

Milosh Kosanovich

To learn more about how autism affects 70 million people worldwide and to find out how you can lend a hand, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

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