April is Autism Awareness Month, and at Christmas Lights, Etc, we wanted to shed some (blue) light on the cause.
Autism spectrum disorder has more than doubled since the beginning of the century, affecting one in 68 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. To raise awareness for the developmental disability, the international autism community kicks off the month of April with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Also incorporated into the day is Light It Up Blue, a campaign launched by Autism Speaks where iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, corporations, and store fronts are flooded with blue light, the research organization’s signature color.
Christmas Lights, Etc engaged with its own Light It Up Blue Campaign to benefit autism awareness, which included a donation of proceeds from blue light sales to the Autism Society of America and a donation of 500 blue lights using 25 battery-operated LED light sets to The Hallen School of New York.
“On behalf of Hallen School, thank you so much,” said April Sutherland, a Master Teacher at Hallen. “You made my day.”
The Hallen School provides an alternative educational setting to hundreds of students with autism, emotional difficulties, learning disabilities, mild health impairments, and speech or language impairments. Teachers at the New Rochelle, NY-school lit up classrooms, hallways, bulletin boards, and even plants with these battery-operated portable lights.
“We were glad to help raise awareness for autism and in having the opportunity to donate blue LED lights to the Hallen School,” said Jeanette DiCamillo, Web Content Manager at Christmas Lights, Etc. “Our special Wintergreen Lighting LED lights are very energy efficient and long lasting. They don’t give off heat, making them safe and cool to the touch for the kids at Hallen. We’re glad they liked them!”
For these and other blue lights, check out Christmas Lights, Etc’s Light It Up Blue page.