Day celebrates talents, skills of people with autism

People are silhouetted by blue light as they stand in the fog during a mass commemorating World Autism Awareness Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday April 1, 2011. World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

BUFFALO, N..Y (WIVB) – Autism organizations around the world are celebrating the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day, Thursday.  The day focuses on celebrating the unique talents and skills of people with autism.

Global landmarks, including Niagara Falls, are lighting up blue to raise awareness.

Social media users are encouraged to participate in World Autism Day by using #LIUB, for “Light It Up Blue.” Click here to see the conversation on Twitter.

Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations, according to AutismSpeaks.org.

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