Autism Speaks Celebrates Sixth Annual World Autism Awareness Day

On Tuesday, April 2, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), executives and guests of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, will visit the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and Autism Awareness Month.  The organization will also mark the fourth Light It Up Blue campaign, a global initiative taking place the evening of April 2, where over 2000 iconic buildings and landmarks across North America and the world, including the New York Stock Exchange, will illuminate their structures in blue to raise awareness for autism.

For the sixth consecutive year, Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright will ring The Opening BellSM at the New York Stock Exchange. They will be joined by Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext, as well as families and individuals affected by autism.


About Autism:

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.


About Autism Speaks:

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit