Bank building is blue for autism

The downtown office tower of the Banco Nacional will be illuminated in blue for April to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

The illumination is designed to be a symbol of hope for sufferers and family members, said the bank.

The Asociación Autismo Costa Rica prevailed on the bank to devise the illumination, the bank said in a release.

The association said that one person in 54 is afflicted with autism, something that cannot be cured. Counting family members, the association estimated that nearly 400,000 persons were affected.

The day, April 2 each year, is sponsored internationally by the United Nations, which said that 80 percent of adults with autism are unemployed. Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than “neurotypical” workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail, said the U.N.

Said the U.N.: Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children and adults in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. It is characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted, repetitive behavior, interests and activities.utism040715

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