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April in Autism Awareness Month

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

April is Autism Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control reported within the last week on a high increase in autism in children, saying the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) climbed from 1 in 88 in 2008 to 1 in 68 in 2010. That's a 30 percent increase.

Autism is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary in each person, but people with the disorder commonly have problems with social interaction.

The national Autism Speaks campaign's "Light It Up Blue Day" is set for April 2 at which time buildings all over the world with be illuminated in blue to bring awareness to the condition.

The Montgomery Public School System says it has several schools participating in fun events to raise awareness among students. [EVENTS HERE].

ON THE WEB: Light It Up Blue Campaign - http://liub.autismspeaks.org/welcome

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