Cape Abilities to “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness Monday

HYANNIS – Blue lights will be illuminating several Cape Cod towns this month, as Cape Abilities recognizes national Autism Awareness Month.

By the organization’s report, nearly 1 out of every 68th child born falls on the autism spectrum.

The disorder affects neurological development, making it difficult for those with it to communicate their skills and causing some sensitivities to sight and sound.

Along with the worldwide initiative Light It Up Blue, Cape Abilities has teamed up with multiple organizations on Cape Cod to provide affected families with workshops and bonding events.

As part of the exhibition, the agency has commissioned local artist Michael Magyar to create a unique Light It Up Blue iron “giant”, which will be on display in front of Cooke’s Seafood in Hyannis.

“What an honor to join Cape Abilities for such a terrific cause,” said Magyar, “It is a true pleasure for me to see this unique “Giant” lit up in the dark night, knowing that it is helping to raise awareness for so many. It really takes a community effort to make this happen and I hope it brings joy and wonder to everyone.”

Cape Abilities President and Executive Director Rosalie Edes said the month-long celebration is an opportunity for both public education and personal assistance for families.

“Once again this April, we are shining a light on the critical need to increase services and supports for individuals with autism,” says Edes.

“At Cape Abilities, we have responded to the demand for high quality services for this population by continuing to develop an array of opportunities that are tailored to each individual’s unique needs and interests. We are grateful that so many in the Cape Cod community share our commitment to this population by Lighting it Up Blue not only in April, but every day of the year.”

Autism can cause deficits in social interaction and learning. Edes said researchers are still trying to explain the high prevalence of diagnosed individuals.

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