Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue

April is Autism Awareness Month, and as I have a son with autism I want to try to do my part in raising awareness for autism.

Starting April 1st, you will see some slight changes to the blog. This will not be an April Fool’s joke.

What can you do to help raise awareness?

You can Light it Up Blue.

Don't worry, I'll tell you what that means if you aren't sure. Actually, I won't . . . I'll let the folks from Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org - www.lightitupblue.org) explain it:

About Light It Up Blue
Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a unique global initiative by Autism Speaks to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will Light It Up Blue to show their support on April 2, 2012 - World Autism Awareness Day.

About World Autism Awareness Day
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), 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 Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 110 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 600 percent increase in the past two decades that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

What you can do to Light It Up Blue:

Wear blue clothing or your Autism Speaks puzzle piece, and encourage your coworkers to do the same.

Light your house up blue by putting blue light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures.

Raise awareness for Autism online or spread the word about Light It Up Blue.

So go get your blue lights. Wear your blue clothes. Just generally get out there and raise awareness on Autism already!

I'll be trying to do my part here on the blog, so look out for that starting on Monday.

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