SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  In recognition of Autism Awareness Day, the city of Springfield will light the city blue on Friday.  

Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city officials gathered at City Hall for a proclamation from the mayor declaring April 2, 2022, as Autism Awareness Day in the City. A moment of recognition in the city hall Atrium, a bright blue observance calling attention to the progress being made to further Autism Awareness.

“I think we’ve seen the growth of this in the Springfield area. A lot of our colleges are boasting curriculum around applied behavior analyzing for early intervention,” said Jacqueline Williams-Hines, Founder of No Small Victories.

The city hall ceremony concluded with a musical program performed by Tori Ackley, an autistic woman living in Springfield.

In the United States, one in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism disorder. Boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed.