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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.

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

Macau Tower – Macau, China

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada

CN Tower – Toronto, Ontario

Times Square – New York, NY

Chamber Rotunda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Great Buddha at Hyog Nofukuji Temple – Hyogo, Japan

Hungarian Parliament Building – Budapest, Hungary

China Millennium Monument – Beijing, China

The Taipei 101 building – Taipei City, Taiwan

World Heritage Himeji Castle – Himeji, Japan

Torre Colpatria – Bogotá, Colombia

Old Parliament House – Canberra, Australia

Tokyo Tower – Tokyo, Japan

Shanghai World Financial – Shanghai, China

Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) – Chicago, Illinois

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