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Yorktown sheds light on autism awareness

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Fighting Lady will be looking a little blue next month, but it's all to shed light on an important initiative.

On April 2, the USS Yorktown will "Light It Up Blue" in support of autism awareness and will stay blue for the whole month.

April 2 was designated as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 1997. 

"Patriots Point is proud to support this important initiative, which shines light a disability that affects millions of people around the world and one of every 88 children in the United States," said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. "Although there is no medical detection or cure for autism, early diagnosis and intervention can improve outcomes. We're proud to do our part to help raise awareness."

A government survey of parents in the U.S. says 1 in 50 schoolchildren has autism. That surpasses another federal estimate for the disorder.

For decades, autism meant kids with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.

The new estimate released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would mean at least one million children have autism.


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