WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The Greenbrier is going to temporarily become the Bluebrier for World Autism Awareness Day.
April is World Autism Month. Specifically, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.
The building's front entrance will glow blue Tuesday night to honor the 12th annual day of autism awareness.
Autism (or ASD) refers to a broad range of conditions. People with the disorder often have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
“The impact that autism has on the individual, as well as their family and friends, is enormous,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “We need to do all we can to educate the public and learn more about how to help those classified with the disorder. It’s important to my family and all of the nearly 2,000 Team Members at The Greenbrier, and we’re proud to do our part in recognizing this special day.”
According to Autism Speaks, the disorder affects an estimated one in 59 kids in the United States. Research has shown that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
"Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism," the Autism Speaks website states. "Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support."
Mountaineer Autism Project is a nonprofit organization in West Virginia that is "dedicated to early autism detection, diagnosis and early intensive behavioral intervention."