HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers have joined in as the Town of Simsbury launches its participation in the “Light it up Blue” campaign organized by international advocacy group Autism Speaks.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Etsy and State Rep. John Hampton, all Democrats, and members of the town council joined families affected by autism at the recognition event Monday.

They gathered at Eno Memorial Hall, a local landmark that will be lit with blue light during the month of April.

The Simsbury building and Rocky Hill’s town hall, which will also be lit blue this week, join other iconic landmarks including the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and the Sydney Opera House.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates one in 88 people are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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