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      Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

      April 2 is the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day, and Autism Speaks will commemorate the day with a Light It Up Blue campaign.

      The campaign raises awareness for autism with blue lights, blue clothes, and blue banners.

      According to the National Institute of Mental Health, autism has a wide spectrum of severity in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors and interests. The CDC reports about one in 88 children in the United States have some form of autism and is five times more likely to occur in boys.

      Copper Country Autism Awareness member and grandfather to a seven-year-old with autism, Ron Trapp, says the Light It Up Blue campaign can't stop at just one day of autism awareness.

      "Well, if it's in your family, then it really affects you," said Trapp. "If it's not in your family, then I guess it really doesn't bother you, and you go about your life and whatever, but there's a reason why this is happening more and more and more and more, and they have to find out why."

      Everyone is encouraged to participate in Light It Up Blue on Tuesday.