Raising awareness for Autism in Niagara

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and people are wearing the color blue to raise awareness for the developmental disorder.

Speaking to CKTB's Larry Fedoruk Maria Hiebert, a volunteer with the Niagara Chapter of Autism Ontario, says their awareness day will actually kick off tomorrow (Tuesday) since today was a holiday for government offices and schools. 

Hiebert says all 12 Niagara municipalities will participate in a flag raising ceremony to help bring awareness and acceptance of people with autism in the community.  

Both the DSBN and Catholic School boards are participating, public schools encouraging students and staff to wear blue. 

April is National Autism Awareness Month. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or autism, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development, according to Autism Canada. 

This can cause people affected to experience difficulties with communication, social interactions and specific patterns of behaviour.