New York, April 2 - Today, NYSE Euronext highlighted the sixth annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and the start of Autism Awareness Month with a global bell ringing across NYSE Euronext markets in Europe and the United States. NYSE Euronext locations in New York, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris opened or closed the trading day with executives from world autism organizations to raise awareness of autism, a disorder that now diagnosed in a staggering 1 in every 88 American children.
At the New York Stock Exchange, Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, rang The Opening BellSM, joined by Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext and other special guests to highlight the day.
Autism Speaks will kick off its annual Light It Up Blue campaign, a global initiative taking place the evening of April 2, where iconic buildings and landmarks around the world, including our locations in Amsterdam, Basildon, Belfast, Brussels, Lisbon, London, New York and Paris, will illuminate their structures in blue to raise awareness for autism.
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Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.
About World Autism Awareness Day:
On December 18, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help.
About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed over $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
About NYSE Euronext:
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets - the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca - represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.
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