On Wednesday April 2, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen will be illuminated in blue light as part of the 2014 UN International Autism Awareness Day.
Organised by parents of children with autism, the city landmark will be lit up at 20:00 and remain illuminated in blue light for an hour. Pia Allerslev (V), the deputy mayor for children and youth affairs, will be among those taking part in the campaign.
A global phenomenon
The ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign, launched in 2010 by autism organisation Autism Speaks, has become a global phenomenon recently – some 8,400 landmarks were lit up in 1,300 cities in 107 countries last year alone.
The most recent statistics indicated that one percent of all children in Denmark have been diagnosed with some form of autism.