In an effort to help raise awareness for autism, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge will light up blue Tuesday night to mark World Autism Awareness Day,
Participants will wear blue and gather on either the Nebraska or Iowa side of the bridge. Each group will meet at the center of the bridge at 7:19 p.m. for the official lighting.
The bridge will be one of a number of landmarks that will be lit blue Tuesday night. In Omaha, the 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 also will light up blue to mark the day.
"It's fitting that we're holding this event on a bridge," says MMI Director Dr. Karoly Mirnics. "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."