Feeling blue over autism

Visitors to Camana Bay this weekend will have noticed the place looking a little blue.

The shopping and residential facility’s Town Centre is being lit in blue in honour of Autism Awareness Day, which falls on Tuesday, 2 April, just like many other landmarks around the world, including the pyramids in Egypt, the Sydney Opera House and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

A Special Needs Foundation of Cayman booth will be set up at the base of the Observation Tower from 11am to 3pm, so anyone passing by can pick up information and learn more about autism and join in some fun children’s activities.

The Town Centre was lit up on Saturday, 30 March and will remain blue until Tuesday.

Autism is a general term that describes a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences.

A new case of autism is diagnosed every 15 minutes and more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, according to Autism Speaks, an 
international autism advocacy organisation.

Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States, with boys five times more likely than girls to have autism.

It is estimated that 1 per cent of the world’s population is affected by autism, or 70 million people.

There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention can improve outcomes.

For more information, call 
the foundation at 917-0502 or 
e-mail [email protected]

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