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Hudson Valley News

Sites Go Blue For Autism Awareness

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Courtesy of Greystone Programs
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April is Autism Awareness Month and Thursday is World Autism Awareness Day. A bridge in the Hudson Valley will be among many sites lit up in blue.

Landmarks across the world – from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to the Empire State Building to the Great Buddha Statue in Japan -- are lighting blue to shine a light on autism. Michelle Hathaway is with Poughkeepsie-based Greystone Programs.

“And right here in the Hudson Valley, at Greystone Programs’ request, the Mid-Hudson Bridge will be lit up blue tonight.”

She says 17 Greystone locations in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties will be illuminated with blue lights as well. She says that, according to Autism Speaks, there has been a 10-fold increase in the number of Autism diagnoses in the past four decades, with autism now affecting 1 in 42 boys.

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