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Mayor shows her support for World Autism Awareness Day as Borough ‘lights up blue’

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Mid and East Antrim Borough is turning ‘blue’ this Sunday in support of World Autism Awareness Day.

The Braid, Ballymena, Smiley Buildings, Larne and the iconic Carrickfergus Castle are all to be illuminated after dark on 2 April in the blue colour chosen to represent the annual World Autism Awareness Day.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE is also hosting a reception the day before for Ballymena Autism Support Group. This takes place at 2.30pm at The Braid.

Cllr Wales said: “Ballymena Autism Support Group is a local charity whose aim is to provide help and support to parents and guardians of children living with the condition in the greater Ballymena area.

“I am very pleased to be able to welcome this dedicated group to The Parlour and to support the illumination of some of our key civic buildings in blue to physically show Council’s support for this worthy cause,” she added.

World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people’s awareness about people, especially children, with autism.

Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

Autism affects girls and boys of all races and in all geographic regions and has a large impact on children, their families, communities and societies.

The prevalence is currently rising in many countries around the world. Caring for and educating children and young people with this condition places challenges on health care, education and training programs.

Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain’s functions.

People with autism often find social interaction difficult; have problems with verbal and non-verbal communication; demonstrate restrictive and repetitive behaviour and have a limited set of interests and activities.

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