The “Light It Up Blue” campaign has reached the Cook Islands and for the first time, Autism Cook Islands is joining with the global movement to support awareness of autism.
Autism spectrum disorder refers to a range of conditions presenting challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
According to United States researchers, one in every 68 children lives with autism.
This year the United Nations sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2 with the theme “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”.
Autism Cook Islands is leading the campaign locally with support from the Cook Islands community.
To support this campaign the Cook Islands Football Association staff members adorned their blue ‘Kia Orana’ wear and managed to snap a selfie to commemorate the day.
“We like to support our non-government organisations on the island by getting behind their campaigns like this one for Autism. ”, says Deputy General Secretary, Mii Piri.
“It is good to be reminded that these conditions do exist in remote places like our home. It has made us more aware”, she says.