WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington will once again be illuminating the Town Common blue during the month of April in observance of Autism Awareness Month.
For the seventh consecutive year, an anonymous donor is paying for the gels that will be inserted into the lights by the town’s Department of Public Works.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.”
The CDC now estimates that about 1 in 54 children has been identified with ASD.
Wilmington Selectmen unanimously approved the request to light the Town Common blue at its most recent meeting. The Selectmen will wear an article of blue clothing during each of its April meetings in solidarity with this measure.
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