April is Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness about autistic individuals and encouraging everyone to work together toward acceptance and appreciation of those who are autistic. The annual observance kicked off on April 2 and a challenge to Light It Up Blue. The idea is for everyone to wear blue and light their houses and offices with blue to help spread awareness of autism.
This year,businesses, communities, and world landmarks in 130 countries across all 7 continents are expected to participate by lighting themselves up blue beginning on the evening of April 2. The landmarks going blue include the World Trade Center in New York, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the Great Period of Giza in Egypt, Tokyo Tower in Japan, and even the Halley VI Research Station on Antarctica.
While one day of blue is good, it's equally important to carry that Light It Up Blue spirit into the rest of the month so that awareness can continue to grow.
Here are some suggestions:
- Light Up Your Own House Blue: Use blue lightbulbs or blue gel sheets to go blue at home. Keep the lights up all month to keep awareness building.
- Post Blue: Spread awareness on social media. Turn your Facebook or Twitter profile picture blue. Find and share photos of landmarks that went blue on April 2 so that everyone can see them.
- Donate Blue: Donate money to an organization that supports this great cause. If you can't donate money, then donate time and host a fundraising event.
- Share Blue: Pass out information at your business or in your neighborhood. Wear blue and encourage everyone else to wear blue to help raise awareness.
If you are a Behavioral Health Professional seeking opportunities to work with autistic individuals - or if you need to hire staff to care for them - please contact us. And don't forget to "Light it Up Blue".
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