VIRGINIA BEACH -- Local landmark buildings throughout the area will be illuminated Wednesday in blue to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

Sponsored by Autism Speaks, the Light it up Blue campaign united nearly 8,400 iconic buildings and landmarks in more than 1,335 U.S. cities and in 191 countries on seven continents around the world in 2013.

Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr. has issued a proclamation declaring April 2 Autism Awareness Day in Virginia Beach.

'I am pleased that the City of Virginia Beach can support this worthy effort,' he said. 'Austism Spectrum Disorder affects more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Those are astounding numbers and we've got to do everything we can to address this problem.'

On April 2, blue lighting will be turned on simultaneously at the following buildings in Virginia Beach: the Oceanaire Resort Hotel, Law Enforcement Memorial, sculpture at Princess Anne Commons, Convention Center Tower, and the Wave Sculpture.

In Hampton, Peninsula Town Center will also light up in blue to support the cause.

Throughout the month of April, residents can lend their additional support by getting involved by changing white bulbs to blue.

Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or website to show your support.

Click here for more information.

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