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World Autism day observed at King's House

His Excellency The Governor General and Staff | 2012-04-12 15:51:00

On Monday, April 2, the Staff at King’s House joined millions of persons around the world in observing United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.  All Staff members were asked to wear something blue in honour of the day. Additionally,  in keeping with  the theme of  Light It Up Blue,”  for the rest of April, which is Autism Awareness Month,  blue flood lights  will be trained on the two-tiered Victorian Fountain in the centre of the Tear Drop of the  Lawns immediately in front of King’s House.

    Light It Up Blue, which is in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Hundreds of public buildings and iconic landmarks worldwide have participated in this initiative, and will continue to join the symbolic effort. Structures which will have  blue lights include the Empire State Building, the New York Stock Exchange, the Rockefeller Centre, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Paris Stock exchange, the Cairo Tower, Niagara Falls, and the Sydney Opera House.

Later in the month, as part of the King’s House Special Events Programme, a representative of the Autism Foundation will make a presentation to the staff to share more about the increasing prevalence, causes, symptoms and treatment of this medical condition.

For further information contact:
PR Unit
Office of the Governor-General
Tel:  927-6424

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