Winston-Salem landmarks ‘Light it up Blue’ to support World Autism Awareness day

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Winston-Salem City Hall participating in Light It Up Blue campaign Wednesday night.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem joined cities across the world Wednesday evening, lighting key landmarks and buildings blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day.

This included City Hall, the Krispy Kreme corporate building, Millennium Center and R.J. Reynolds Building.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines says he asked City Hall to participate in the “Light It Up Blue” Campaign to help bring awareness to autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention recently reported that one in 68 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder -- a 30 percent jump from two years ago.

Here in North Carolina, that number is one in 58 children, according to the Autism Society of North Carolina.

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