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Today is World Autism Day, Blue Everywhere?

April 2 is observed as the World Austism Awareness Day and many monuments around the world have turned blue marking the occasion.

In New York, landmark buildings like the Empire State Building will show blue on top while the Prince’s Palace of Monaco has turned on its special blue lights and far away in Beijing the China Millennium Monument is illuminated in blue today.

April 2 was declared World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations since 2007, and the day is marked with blue ever since.

Autism or a developmental disability affects kids since their birth and becomes vivid from the third year onwards. According to the UN, symptoms of autism vary but generally include engaging in repetitive behaviors, and having difficulty with communication and social behaviour.

— Philips Lighting (@PhilipsLight) April 2, 2015

It affects all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups and in the US, 1 in 68 children was diagnosed with autism disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on its 2010 data. It is more than 100 percent in one decade.

Children affected with autism do not make eye-contact with parents and this is the first sign for parents to realize the disability, says the nonprofit Autism Speaks. Experts advise such parents not to panic and consult doctors and join the forums to overcome the problem both physically and emotionally, advise the experts.

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