Cork City FC’s official website has turned blue to celebrate the upcoming World Autism Awareness Day.
Cork City is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April by participating in the Cork Association for Autism’s ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign to raise awareness for Autism in Cork and Ireland. Many iconic landmarks throughout the world will also be lit up in blue to raise awareness for this disability. These include The Rockefeller Center in New York, the Tokyo Tower in Japan, Canada’s CN Tower, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge. In Cork, buildings such as the Quad in UCC, Blackrock Castle, the Elysian Spire and Blarney Castle will also turn blue.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with Autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. There are currently as many as 1 in every 90 individuals being diagnosed on the Autistic spectrum within Ireland.
World Autism Awareness Day therefore shines a bright light on Autism as a growing global concern. It also celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with Autism and features community events around the world where individuals with Autism and their families are warmly welcomed and embraced. The Cork Association for Autism wants to raise awareness for this disability through a coordinated Awareness campaign during the month of April – this year they are hosting an Autism Awareness Forum – in the 7th April; Autism from Adolescence to Adulthood to raise awareness of how Autism affects adults on the spectrum.
For more information on the Cork Association for Autism, Cork City FC’s 2013 Official Charity Partner, see CorkAutism.ie.