Thursday, April 01, 2010

Light It Up Blue

It's a big day. 

(taken from

On the night of April 1, prominent buildings across North America and the world including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada will be lit up blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Friday, April 2.

And we’re aiming to light the world blue, too – city by city, town by town – by taking action to raise awareness about autism in our communities.
Other things you can do to Light It Up Blue

* Wear your Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin every day throughout the month of April, and tell people about autism if they ask about it.
* Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo and tag at least 10 of your friends.
* Post on your blog about how you are “lighting it up blue” to raise autism awareness.
* Add the Light It Up Blue logo to your e-mail signature … and type your e-mails in blue!
* On April 2 wear blue clothing and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our Flickr gallery.
* Bake puzzle piece shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness.

For every family who tomorrow, may learn that their child is one out of the 110 children who will receive the diagnosis of autism, for every child who faces an unknown future in a world that has not yet figured out how to support them, for every adult on the Spectrum who struggles with acceptance, for every person who still uses the word Retarded and thinks that it's an acceptable word to describe people with autism, for every employer who still doesn't see the potential in hiring a person who has autism, for every professional who is challenged with the task of telling a parent that they suspect their child has autism, for all of these people and all the other zillions who are indirectly affected, please show your support of the Light It Up Blue campaign and help us to Shine a Light on Autism. Raising Autism Awareness is not just to show support, but an opportunity to eradicate ignorance.

Light It Up Blue

Note: If you live in Canada, on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 The Globe and Mail
will publish a special information feature for Autism Speaks Canada.
Please try and take a look if you can. If not, please visit on Thursday if you missed the paper version.


Viv said...

I will (gulp, knuckles turning white) bake puzzle shapes cookies for my children's classes and ice them blue. (gulp) I will take pictures of our final product so that everyone in Bloggy Land will know why I buy my children's birthday cakes. We'll try to "Light It Up Blue," in all the ways we can Stacey. Thanks for the post.

blueviolet said...

I love this whole thing! Thank you for sharing!

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