highlight World Autism Awareness Day--
New York, April 1 – Today, NYSE Euronext highlighted the third annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), a day prior to WAAD, and Autism Awareness Month with the first-ever 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 affects millions of individuals and families around the world.
At the New York Stock Exchange, Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, rang The Opening BellSM, joined by Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext. The NYSE bell ringing commemorated WAAD, Autism Awareness Month and marked the launch of the inaugural Light it Up Blue campaign. On the evening of April 1, iconic landmarks across North America and the world, including NYSE Euronext markets around the globe, will light up in blue to raise awareness for autism.
“NYSE Euronext is proud to partner with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year to raise awareness for autism,” Mr. Niederauer said. “Autism has no borders, and we welcome the opportunity to support Autism Speaks and World Autism Awareness Day with our first-ever bell ringing across NYSE Euronext markets in recognition of international autism awareness.”
NYSE Euronext global bell ringings included:
About World Autism Awareness Day
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity. This UN resolution established WAAD as one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days, with the goal of bringing the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions.
World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and features community events around the world where individuals with autism and their families are warmly welcomed and embraced.
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 more than 3,700 listed operating companies, NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, 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, and is the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index and Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.