The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Each year individuals, families, and organizations around the world sponsor unique fundraising and awareness-raising events on this topic. How will you celebrate and help to raise further awareness? Not to worry, we've made it easy for you by sharing our Top 10 picks.
- Light Up your Social Network. Turn your Facebook & Twitter profile blue. Visit Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue Color. It's an easy way to show your support.
- Catch a Baseball Game. Major League Baseball is teaming up with Autism Speaks in a league-wide effort to recognize Autism Awareness Month in April. All 30 clubs will raise awareness during a home game this season. Discounted tickets can be accessed at the MLB site.
- Autism Kindness Acts. The smallest act of kindness can go a long way in brightening up the day for an individual with autism. Share your Autism Kindness Acts on Tumbler
- DogDownload the Light It Up Blue App. Go to either the iPhone App Store or the Android Google Play Store and download the app to pledge your support and make your photos go BLUE.
- Donate. Contribute to autism awareness by making a donation online or by texting AUTISM to 25383 to give a one time donation of $10 that will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
- Go To The Zoo. Visit your neighborhood zoo and aquarium this April to connect with nature and enjoy a day of fun. Through the Zoos Go Blue Program, participating zoos and aquariums provide an autism-friendly environment to better enable people with autism to take part in the community and enjoy all the great offerings provided.
- Give the Shirt Off Your Back. Well, not you necessarily, but if you buy a t-shirt from Sevenly, they will donate $7 per item purchased to Autism Speaks during the month of April.
- Wear Blue. Incorporate "a little extra blue" in your apparel during April (Blue tie, Blue scarf, Blue dress shirt) and add blue lapel pins and/or bracelets from Shop Autism Speaks.
- Shop. Get cool accessories to bring greater awareness to autism so you can Light It Up BLUE all month long at the Awareness & Accessories e-Store
- Light It Up. See BLUE, by altering the lighting on the exterior of your building. Cover existing fixtures with Roscoulx gel filters. Project image of Autism Speaks puzzle piece or Light It Up Blue logo onto side of building. Go to Roscolux for information on custom gobos to do this. For residences, change outdoor white light bulbs to blue.
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