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April 3, 2013

NT City Hall turned blue for autism awareness


Tonawanda News — But what is clear is Farris’ resoluteness to shed light on the issue of autism. With the United Nations declaration six years ago that April 2 would officially be known as World Autism Awareness Day, she decided she’d try to find a way to localize the initiative.  

Farris said she approached Mayor Rob Ortt’s office earlier this year, as she searched for a way to advance the community’s understanding of autism, when he agreed take part in the worldwide “Light It Up Blue” campaign. 

The agreement was highlighted on Tuesday, when the blue lights adorning City Hall and the blue clothing of government employees inside of it were prevalent, in an effort to bolster awareness. Ortt read a proclamation honoring Farris and her daughter during the city council meeting. 

Nationally, April is also known as autism awareness month, with a walk to raise money for education and research scheduled for April 27 by Summit Educational Resources. 

“It’s all about advocacy and education,” Farris said. 

For more information on the walk go to, and for autism resources 

MORE INFORMATION • For more information on World Autism Awareness Day or the "Light it up Blue" campaign, visit and

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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