The group Autism Speaks says autism now affects 1 in 88 children.
April 2, marks World Autism Day, a global initiative to kick off Autism Awareness month.
As Amber Philpott reports a group of University of Kentucky students hope to really shine a light on the growing issue.
The University of Kentucky has a slogan, "see blue" and on April 2, one student group is hoping to light up campus in that color!
"No building in Kentucky has ever been reported to do so," said Brandy Denton.
Denton, a junior, special education major is part of UK's Student Council for Exceptional Children, she and her advisors hope to kick Autism Awareness month off in a big way at Memorial Hall.
"We found out that not a single building last year was lit up in Kentucky and so we thought this would be the perfect avenue to do that with this being the big blue nation," said Vicki Knight an advisor to the SCEC group.
On April 2, landmarks all across the country and the world will be lit blue, drawing attention to the growing number of children being diagnosed with autism.
Brandy Denton hopes this event and spreading puzzle piece pins around campus will help start the conversation about autism.
"I think some people aren't necessarily educated on autism and I think some people might start researching and better educating themselves on this topic," said Denton.
It's a history making event for Brandy and her fellow students who are on a mission to raise awareness and be a voice for children with autism not just this month, but year round.
The "Light It Up Blue" event at UK starts Tuesday night at 8:30 at Memorial Hall.
Other fundraiser events for Autism Awareness in April:
April 2-Texas Roadhouse will be donating 10% of your order total to SCEC/Autism Speaks
April 3-Orange Leaf Hamburg will donate 20% of your order to SCEC/Autism Speaks if you mention Light it up Blue
You can purchase puzzle piece pins at the Light it up Blue event at Memorial Hall or at Texas Roadhouse
You can purchase a blue light bulb at Home Depot to support World Autism Awareness Day