On April 2, people all over the world will turn their lights blue for World Autism Awareness Day. By replacing their outdoor lights with blue tinted bulbs, places all over the world will shine a different color to support the journey of celebrating and sharing awareness for Autism.
So why do we “light it up blue”? In 2007, the World Health Organization passed a resolution to recognize Autism as a growing health concern. In 2010 Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization leading autism science and advocacy, adopted the idea of immersing the world in blue to show world support on World Autism Awareness Day.
Since 2007, places globally began to glow blue. Businesses such as Home Depot began carrying household light bulbs to allow the public to show their support.
What else can you do besides turning on a blue light bulb? SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Raise awareness in your school or workplace, educate people, share your personal experiences, post on social media, and SPEAK UP!
Light it up blue is more than a physical event. It needs to be a social, mental, and emotional event as well. Educate yourself and others as we continue to share Autism Awareness! Begin this journey by reading more about Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue Event.