We love the month of April!
It is a special time of year when we get to bring more awareness to an issue close to our hearts, Autism.
For over 50 years, the month of April has been bringing to light the importance of educating others about Autism. Since the first National Autism Awareness month in 1970, participants from around the globe have been working to raise awareness about Autism. In 1970 every 1 in 2000 children were impacted by Autism. Today, that rate is 1 in 68 children. As rates increase, so does the greater need for more knowledge and understanding of how to support those living with Autism.
Light It Up Blue
To promote Autism Awareness in April, Autism Speaks has created a campaign called "Light It Up Blue." This campaign encourages awareness by designating April 2nd as #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. The Autism Awareness month color is blue, so on this day we are encouraged to wear blue and to shine a blue light outdoors in recognition of people living with Autism. Many cities have participated over the years, turning their bridge or downtown lights blue for this special evening on April 2nd.
Awareness & Action
Help us spread the love and support by participating in Autism Awareness Month!
You can help bring research and funding to the cause by participating in local events such as a 5K or Fun Run. Join the conversation on social media by sharing posts and images related to #AutismAwarenessMonth! You can even help by purchasing books about Autism and donating them to local Pediatrician offices or libraries!
It is the simple things that can mean so much when supporting a great cause.
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