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OSU Memorial Union Turns Blue

Oregon State University
Staff Writer

On Monday, April 2, 2012 the Oregon State Universtiy Memorial Union will join over 150 other universities and 2000 landmark across the globe. The Light It Up Blue project is in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism Speaks U handout      Light It Up Blue project website

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, the rare condition called Rett syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS. Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have ASD. Males are four times more likely to have ASD than females. Clearing the Fog About Autism

The national average is a little less than 1% or 1/110 children are diagnosed on the spectrum. It is estimated that between 1 in 80 and 1 in 240 people with an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States have an ASD. Based on information available to date, autism spectrum conditions are 4-5 more likely to occur in boys than in girls. One percent of the world's population or 67 million people are affected with some form of ASD. Oregon ranks number 2 in the nation in percent of population with ASD. In Oregon, one in 77 have some from of ASD.

Famous people with Autism:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Bill Gates
  • Mark Twain
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Beethoven
  • Van Gogh
  • Mozart
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Thomas Edison
  • Temple Grandin
  • Daryl Hannah

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Date: 3/25/2012