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Utahns participate in World Autism Awareness Day

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Apr 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-02 19:47:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY --April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and students at a Salt Lake City college held an event to raise awareness and acceptance for those with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Westminster College hosted their third "Light it up Blue" event,which featured a variety of activities. The main building on the school's campus will be lit up with blue lights Wednesday evening, as will the governor's mansion.

Bailey Gumm was one of the students in attendance, and she said with new data showing that one in 68 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, awareness is even more important.

"We need to bring awareness to autism and other disabilities just to show that it's out there and that it's more relevant now then ever before," Gumm said.

Others helped promote autism Awareness Tuesday, like Andrea Griggs, who is the grassroots director with the Utah Autism Coalition. Griggs came to the FOX 13 News studio to discuss autism awareness, see the video above for her comments.