Greystone locations illuminated in blue for World Autism Awareness Day
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Today is World Autism Awareness Day.
Adopted in 2007, World Autism Awareness Day is one of only three official health-related United Nations Days.
The day comes as a new government report says autism is more common than previously thought, affecting as many as one in 88 children.
This new estimate means autism is nearly twice as common as officials said it was only five years ago, and likely affects about one million U.S. children and teens.
Health officials attribute those numbers to better screening procedures to recognize cases of autism.
To shine light on autism in the Hudson Valley, 16 Greystone locations in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will be illuminated in blue lights.
Based in Poughkeepsie, Greystone is a nonprofit agency that provides services to more than 500 Hudson Valley children, adults, and families dealing with autism and other developmental disabilities.