Light it up Blue for Autism 2014!



Credit: http://twibbon.com/support/light-it-up-blue-4, Autism Speaks

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. Light it Up Blue was launched by Autism Speaks in 2010 in support of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which takes place on April 2. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue. WAAD shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe

Autism Statistics:

  • About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read article]
  • ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely (1 in 54) than girls (1 in 252) to have autism
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism


Lean how you can show your support leading up to and on April 2:

 

 


WEAR BLUE TO WORK
: Wear blue clothing and ask your co-workers and friends to wear blue too. Send pictures of you and you co-workers to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be posted on the intranet!

 

 


LIGHT YOUR HOUSE UP BLUE
: Special Autism Speaks blue lights bulbs are available at your local Home Depot and blue CFL bulbs are available in most Walmart stores. Post a Light it up blue yard sign to show your support throughout your community.


LIGHT UP NHS BUILDINGS AND LANDMARKS
: Talk to your managers about getting blue lighting filters from Home Depot for existing exterior lighting fixtures.


LIGHT IT UP BLUE ONLINE:
Help raise awareness about autism by spreading the word via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Update your Facebook status to read “Light It Up Blue to shine a light on autism.” Tweet facts about autism and use the hashtag #LIUB.


SPREAD THE WORD AT WORK
: Wear an Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin, or make one, bring in blue cupcakes, or cookies.


DOWNLOAD THE LIGHT IT UP BLUE MOBILE APP:
Participate virtually by taking photos and lighting them up blue with a festive picture frame. Email them, or share on your social networks to become part of the Light It Up Blue movement. Visit www.lightitupblue.org to download the free Light It Up Blue iPhone application.