Every April the Autism Community comes together for Autism Awareness Month, and we too would like to take a moment to help spread awareness for the cause.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects nearly 1 in 68 American children – a number that has nearly doubled in the last century. ASD and Autism are both general terms used to describe a group of complex brain development disorders characterized by varying degrees of difficulty in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors. To help raise awareness, the international autism community kicks off Autism Awareness month with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd of each year.
Over the past eight years, autism organizations around the world and their supporters have celebrated the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. Also incorporated into the day is Light It Up Blue, a campaign launched by Autism Speaks in which landmarks such as One World Trade Center, and supporting businesses are flooded with blue light, the research organization’s signature color. Participants are encouraged to use #LIUB when sharing photos to help spread awareness through social media channels as well.
At Christmas Lights, Etc we are proud participants in the Light It Up Blue campaign and donate a portion of proceeds for all blue light purchases during the month of April to fund autism research.
How will you light it up blue this April? If you’d like to add blue lights to your home or business, visit our blue lights page and join us in raising awareness for autism!