Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness: April 2nd

autismApril 2, 2013 is Autism Awareness Month and parents and others raising kids in the Richmond area will celebrate Light It Up Blue. Please join in as we light up the sky and our community with blue to help raise awareness about autism. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community and around our community.

You won’t believe all of the creative ways people are increasing awareness. Visit the Autism Speaks Facebook page to learn more of what’s happening on Light It Up Blue day. New York City office buildings are going blue and the event has become an international event to raise awareness.

Here are some ways you can participate locally in this national day of autism awareness:

  • autismUse blue bulbs in outdoor lights and turn them on for everyone to see on April 2 – Blue CFL bulbs and TCPI are available in most Wal-Mart stores 
  • Wear blue clothing to work, school, and activities
  • Donate to Autism Speaks
  • Spread the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, or your personal blog or website
  • Wear a blue ribbon
  • Grab the Light It Up Blue mobile app for your smartphone
  • “Like” the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Facebook page and tell your friends too
  • Promote the events for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) 
  • Purchase an Autism Speaks Bear exclusively from Build-A-Bear Workshop. $1 from the purchase goes to Autism Speaks.
  • autismPromote Autism Speaks annual walk and register to participate
  • Plan to see Sensory Friendly Showing of the Croods on April 6 at 10am at Bow Tie Cinema
  • Visit partners and friends who support autism awareness including Toys ‘R Us, Babies ‘R Us, The Home Depot, Coleman, Panera Bread and others.
  • Teach children to understand more about autism so they are supportive of others

Visit the Light It Up Blue website for more information, promotional materials, and ways to celebrate autism awareness.