CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Fountain Square was illuminated with blue lights on Friday in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month.
The event on Fountain Square began with the lighting and the release of 110 balloons (110 balloons will be released to signify the 1 in 110 children diagnosed with autism).
Over 500 iconic landmarks in over 120 U.S. cities and 30 countries, including the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, lit up in bright blue to raise awareness and shine a light on autism.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships. Autism Speaks is a national autism advocacy organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families.