Blue lights shine for autism awareness

Camana Bay’s Town Center has joined iconic landmarks, including the Empire State building in New York and the CN Tower in Toronto, in the “Light It Up Blue” international campaign for autism awareness. Buildings will be lit in blue to help shine a light on autism. 

The lights for awareness in the town center, which will remain on through Sunday, are a joint effort of the Special Needs Foundation and Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands.  

The foundation’s leader, Susie Bodden, said, “I think it’s wonderful that even though we are a small country, we take part [in Light It Up Blue].”  

She added that autism is “one of our special needs” and that its incidence is increasing. 

No official figures are available in Cayman, but Ms. Bodden said the Special Needs Foundation is working to change that.  

“We are interested in funding research into the incidence and prevalence of disabilities in the Cayman Islands, but we are only in the early stages of those discussions,” she said. More funding would be needed to conduct research. 

The Special Needs Foundation will have an information booth at the base of the Observation Tower at Camana Bay, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, World Autism Awareness Day. 

The foundation is encouraging people to wear blue to work Wednesday and to donate $5 to raise money for autism awareness. 

For more information, email [email protected] or call 321-2957. 

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Camana Bay is feeling blue. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT

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