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People to gather at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge for Autism Awareness

Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 15:02:55-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge will join other Omaha landmarks in being lit blue to raise awareness for Autism Awareness Day, a day which kicks off an entire month autism awareness.

Before the bridge goes blue, people will gather at either end of the bridge and at 7:19 p.m. they will meet at the center. Then, brief remarks will take place before the official lighting ceremony.

One event organizer and Monroe-Meyer Institute Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D. say it's fitting that the event is being held at the bridge:

"This event is about reaching out, about making connections. We're proud to host the mayors of Omaha and Council Bluffs as we shine a literal light on autism and the concept of neurodiversity. We are all part of one worldwide community, and this event symbolizes how these diverse populations can come together in understanding and celebration."

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo's Desert Dome, the Woodmen of the World Tower, the Munroe-Meyer Institute, the Hope Tower at UNMC, and the walkways at 42nd and Farnam streets will also be lit blue for Autism Awarness Day.