Justice declares autism awareness month
by Ron Gregory
Charleston – Governor Jim Justice has declared April as Autism Awareness Month. Each April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its signature campaign, “Light It Up Blue.”
“Autism has touched many families in West Virginia, including mine,” Justice said. “It is important to raise Autism Awareness, not only in April, but year ’round. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., affecting three million people. We hear more talk of Autism nowadays not only because of the great efforts to make people aware, but because the numbers just keep growing. Today, prevalence of Autism is 1 in 68 births. That’s nearly doubled from 2004, which was 1 in 125.”
He also said that both awareness and support are keys because autism can affect anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic background. The porch of the Governor’s Mansion will be lighted blue throughout the entire month of April in recognition of Autism Awareness, Justice said.