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                                                               Kim Dyer

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FORT WORTH, TX – March 31, 2015 – Each April, Child Study Center celebrates the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, along with the national autism community, in commemoration of Autism Awareness Month. This year, Child Study Center is pleased to announce that Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth is joining this initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern about autism by lighting the 35-block district blue on April 2.

“Child Study Center is proud to collaborate with Sundance square management to light it up blue for autism awareness on April 2,” said Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, M.D., President/CEO/Medical Director of the Child Study Center. “Autism is one of the most common forms of developmental disability. Child Study Center is the leading source for scientifically based diagnosis and treatment in Fort Worth and the Region.


Light it Up Blue was launched by Autism Speaks in 2010 in support of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which takes place on April 2 and continues through the month of April.  Iconic landmarks around the world Light It Up Blue in celebration of WAAD to show their support. Sundance Square joins a list of more than 10,000 iconic landmarks, businesses, communities and homes in 136 countries on all seven continents that will shine a bright light on autism. The Empire State Building in NYC, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and even the International Space Station have all joined Autism Speaks.


Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral and developmental challenges.  Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children; one in 54 boys in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.



Child Study Center (CSC) provides children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities the highest quality diagnosis, treatment and education to help them achieve their full potential.  Founded in 1962, the CSC is a not-for-profit 501(C) (3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.  CSC is located near downtown Fort Worth in a multi-purpose facility that includes medical and psychological services.  CSC also includes a clinic for screening and treating premature or high-risk infants, an educational facility of children with special needs (The Jane Justin School), and an intensive Applied Behavioral Analysis program for children with autism. www.cscfw.org