Today, on the 5th Annual World Autism Awareness Day, we are joining prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — who will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.
Light it up Blue is aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities.
What you can do to Light It Up Blue:
•Wear blue clothing or your Autism Speaks puzzle piece, and encourage your coworkers to do the same. Sign Up
•Light your house up blue by putting blue light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures. Sign Up
•Raise awareness for Autism online or spread the word about Light It Up Blue.
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World Autism Awareness Day
The fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2. People, schools, organizations, and companies are hosting events around the world.
My youngest son, Ryan was diagnosed with high functioning autism nine years ago. He is now twelve years old and makes my life a wonderful adventure. Our family has experienced many things with Ryan-sometimes it feels like a roller coaster ride and other times we feel like we are on a cruise!!
Autism is not scary. It’s heart-wrenching to learn about it and grow with it, but seeing the positives in my son is what keeps me going. I don’t want people to shrug away from me when they hear that “A” word – I want people to ask questions, to get to know the autism we live-It is different for every single person.
Everyone has their own challenges, I never want to discount that about anyone or claim that my life is harder. I also don’t want people to assume life is easy living with a person who has autism. We still have challenges that wear me out and hurt my heart but I wouldn't want my life any other way! Most importantly, I’d like to emphasize the importance of celebrating everything – even the small stuff. For some people the small stuff IS the big stuff.
Lastly, reach out for support. Get involved in a charity related to your need. Talk with other moms with special-needs children. Speak up when something doesn’t feel right. Share stories, celebrate every single day, eat some chocolate, and most of all craft!