Expect to see a whole lot of blue tomorrow in Connecticut and around the world!
Tomorrow, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Each year, for the past 7, Autism Speaks celebrates "Light It Up Blue", which is a global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness Month in an effort to bring awareness to Autism.
"Although autism awareness has become more widely talked about and known amongst the general community, people still need to be educated and understand autism, it is a complex spectrum disorder", says Lauren Amendola, the Autism Speaks Director of Field Development for Connecticut.
Individuals can do something as easy as wearing blue and/or taking a group picture and uploading to the Autism Speaks webpage. Homeowners and businesses can light up their building in blue. In fact, Lauren tells me Connecticut has "hundreds" participating including "the campuses of UCONN, Yale and Southern Connecticut State University, Bob's Furniture locations, almost the entire town of Westport and schools in Stonington." To register your building, town, school or business, just go to this website. Social media users can show their support by changing their Facebook and Twitter profile to blue. Autism Speaks is also asking twitter users to tweet out new facts and data about Autism, such as the CDC's release of new prevalence numbers of autism being diagnosed in 1 in every 68 births in the U.S. for school age children. You can find that information by also going to their website. They ask that you include the hashtags: #autismspeaks, #autismawareness, #LIUB, #aka (autism kindness acts).
Lauren says "We are striving to have the community illuminate, donate and spread autism kindness acts. And this does not start in April or stop in May, we are doing this year round through our mission of research, advocacy, family services and awareness."