World Autism Awareness Day Celebrated In Blue

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On April 2 people around the globe were proud to “Light it Up Blue” for what marked the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day.

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated yearly as a day that allows special fundraising, autism awareness events and blue lighting of iconic landmarks and buildings.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 68 children will have autism spectrum disorder, which is a 30 percent increase from just two years ago.

Lois and Danny Molina, who have two children with autism, stopped by the TODAY show to talk about the disorder and why it is important to continue to build awareness.

For the two parents the greatest challenges they face as parents with more than one autistic child is communication.

“Daniel, my 5-year-old is nonverbal and Chloe has — since January is beginning to gain words, but her verbal skills are still limited,” says Lois. ” So just how to communicate better with them and how to know what’s going on with them, if they’re sick, if they’re hungry.”

The parents are still working on ways to make communication a little easier, but have found some things that work for them.

“What we use at home, we have visual aids at home, we reach out to their teacher and therapist to better bridge what they’re doing at school to doing it at home so there won’t be that type of shock to their system once they’re home.”

For parents who are just beginning the fight with autism, the mother of three has a word of advice: “Just continue to fight. Fight for these services, fight for everything that you can. Because they’re worth it.”

Celebrities also joined the cause for World Autism Awareness Day. Grammy-Award winning singer Toni Braxton took to Instagram to post a collage of photos with her 11-year-old son Diezel, who is autistic.

“Me and my baby boy Diezel!!! Words can’t express how proud I am of my son, he’s The President Of Awesome!!!” she captioned the photo.

Throughout the day other celebrities including super model Iman, New Edition’s Ronnie Devoe and Tamron Hall of the TODAY show posed in blue to signify the importance of the cause.

Take a look at the TODAY clip and celebrity photos below!

Toni Braxton and son Diezel


Supermodel Iman


Ronnie Devoe of New Edition

AutismKathie Lee and Hoda

Kathy Lee and Hoda

(Photo Credit: Instagram and Facebook)