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Chicopee Goes Blue for Autism Awareness

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — People all around the country dressed in blue on this Wednesday to support Autism Awareness Day.

Many communities in western Mass. jumped on board with the “Light It Up Blue” campaign as well.

Chicopee was among the many locations around the area taking part in the nationwide movement.

Many gathered at City Hall to show their support. Chicopee’s mayors explains why his city wants help get the word out.

“We’re recognizing awareness of Autism, but almost equally important, acceptance of who they are…and it’s a day that we’re going to celebrate that awareness and acceptance,” says Mayor Richard Kos.

One mother explained, “I’m a mom, it’s been 11 years that we’ve lived with it. It’s had it’s challenges, but it’s had it’s rewards.”

On Monday, the 40 Force will answer all of your questions regarding Autism – from misconceptions to treatment to signs you should be looking for.

40 Force: Unlocking Autism, Monday starting at 5, on ABC40.

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