USS Yorktown to Light It Up Blue!
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2013
USS YORKTOWN TO ‘LIGHT IT UP BLUE’ IN SUPPORT OF AUTISM AWARENESS
On Tuesday, April 2, the USS Yorktown will join other iconic landmarks around the world to “Light It Up Blue” in support of autism awareness. April 2 was designated as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 1997.
Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month. In support of World Autism Awareness, ‘The Fighting Lady’ will remain blue throughout the month of April.
“Patriots Point is proud to support this important initiative, which shines light a disability that affects millions of people around the world and 1 of every 88 children in the United States,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “Although there is no medical detection or cure for autism, early diagnosis and intervention can improve outcomes. We’re proud to do our part to help raise awareness.”
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. According to Autism Speaks, an international autism science and advocacy organization, a new case of autism is diagnosed every 15 minutes – making it the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. In fact, more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
About Patriots Point
Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, SC, is home of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, including the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey and USS Clamagore and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum. As an agency, the Naval and Maritime Museum strives to preserve the living history of our nation’s bravest men and women while telling their stories in honorable, educational and engaging ways. Stay up to date on what’s happening at Patriots Point by visiting www.patriotspoint.org and ‘liking’ us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatriotsPoint.org.
For more information:
Public Information Officer
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
South Carolina Autism Society
Communications & Events
5 Century Drive, Suite 132
Greenville, SC 29607
Cell: (864) 346-4180
Visit us online at http://www.scautism.org