TRENTON - State officials are hoping to educate the public about autism with a series of events planned this month.

April is Autism Awareness Month in New Jersey. 

On Tuesday, officials from several state departments joined autism advocates on the steps of the State House to blow bubbles for autism awareness.

According to the governor's office, more than 12,000 people are on the state's autism registry.

"The CDC recently put out a report that in New Jersey we have a higher incidence, one in 45, different from the rest of the country at 1 in 68," says Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez. "So we want to raise awareness and today we're doing it in a fun way."

On Wednesday night, the governor's mansion in Princeton will be lit up in blue to raise autism awareness.