Appleton airport goes blue for autism awareness

GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton International Airport is going blue to raise awareness about autism.

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The international "Light It Up Blue" campaign is sponsored by Autism Speaks. Thousands of homes, buildings and landmarks switch to blue lighting in support of people living with autism and to highlight the services they need.

"Currently the difficulties that we are facing and a lot of families face are access to free and appropriate public education, access to appropriate medical services," said Shannon Knall, who has a child on the autism spectrum. "We are facing a definite crisis because this is an entire generation of people who need and want to be part of their community but lack the services to participate."

Airport officials hope the blue lights have a lasting impact on people who use the airport.

It will host its third "Wings for Autism" event in May, which helps families with someone on the autism spectrum to practice and become familiar with the process of flying.

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