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 DHS News April 2013   

Human Services Building Shines a Light on Autism

Integration specialist Terri Reighard added a special touch to the Human Services Building the evening of April 2.

As part of the annual “Light It Up Blue” event, Terri hung blue lights in six windows on the fourth floor at the DHS building, where her department, Children Youth & Families, has offices.  Her lights -- Christmas lights she brought from home and fitted with blue bulbs ­ -- spelled out the word “autism.”

Light It Up Blue is an initiative of the advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks. The event is designed to increase awareness of autism, a spectrum of developmental disorders affecting an estimated one in 110 children, according to data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I was glad to have the opportunity to participate,” said Terri, who has a nephew, Nicholas Storman of San Diego, Calif., who has autism. He is the son of Terri’s sister, Diane Storman and works at a coffee shop, which has named a drink after him, Terri said.

Terri was so determined to participate in Light It Up Blue that she stayed until after dark – 8:30 p.m. – to make sure that the lights were visible.  

Her effort joined the national “shine light on autism” effort, which is marked on April 2. The day kicks off Autism Awareness Month.

Besides Terri’s lights, county participation in Light It Up Blue included dyeing water in the courthouse fountain. It will remain blue during April.

For more information on Light It Up Blue, visit the Light It Up Blue website.  

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