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Know someone who is affected by Autism? Unfortunately, it’s extremely common with more than three million Americans currently living with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, takes autism by the horns in the month of April during Autism Awareness Month. On April 2, otherwise known as Autism Awareness Day, the Light It Up Blue campaign kicks off to raise funds and awareness for autism.
On April 2, individuals, retailers and corporations around the world proudly shine a light on autism for the whole month of April in their own personal ways. More than 7,000 iconic structures and landmarks in 90 countries shine a blue light on autism. Some participating landmarks include the Empire State Building, Washington Bridge in New York City, Niagara Falls, Canada and Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Parents of families or people who know someone affected by autism change their front porch lights blue, inspiring those around them to do the same.
The Centers for Disease Control’s survey shows that 1 in 50 school age children have an autism spectrum disorder, which proves that not only are numbers on the rise, but autism prevalence may be significantly underestimated. The goal for this year’s Light It Up Blue campaign is to go beyond awareness and fundraising and make the greatest impact on inspiring leaders in government to implement the national plan for increased funding, services and support that is becoming such a dire need.
If you want to participate in the Light It Up Blue campaign, it’s not too late. Just change your white bulbs to blue! Light up your house, business, school, church or even your company website to show your support. To make a donation, text Autism to 25383 to donate $10 to the Autism Speaks Foundation, or make a donation of your choice on LightItUpBlue.org. Or you can just become an advocate by signing the petition to reach President Obama and Congress on LightItUpBlue.org.Sources http://www.autismspeaks.org/about-us/press-releases/autism-speaks-kicks-light-it-blue-campaign-world-autism-awareness-day