Feeling blue for autism awareness

Nighttime visitors to Camana Bay this week will notice the Town Centre lit up in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

Members of the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman will be in Camana Bay on Thursday to raise awareness of the disorder. They are asking businesses to participate in a “wear blue” day to raise money for autism awareness that day and to donate $5.

To mark the day, Camana Bay is joining landmarks throughout the world in turning blue, the signature color of autism, from Monday to Sunday. Among the sites that will light up on Thursday are Niagra Falls and the Empire State Building in New York, and London’s Trafalgar Square.

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

Visitors are invited to stop by the Special Needs Foundation’s booth on the Paseo in Camana Bay from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.