Mayor Andrew J. Parise and the Board of Trustees of Cedarhurst, along with Nicole Miller (Special Education/ABA), Lori Sachs (Speech and Language), and the students from Room 350 of Lawrence Middle School, joined the “Light It Up Blue” campaign on April 2–World Autism Day–to raise awareness about the neurological disorder that affects one in 88 U.S. children, by placing over 150 blue bows throughout the village.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

Mayor Andrew J. Parise and the Board of Trustees encourage residents to participate in this campaign by shining a light on autism to help promote awareness and show support for those diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorder, which includes autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, and Asperger’s syndrome. v


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