April is Autism Awareness Month and in celebration and to increase awareness, April 1st and 2nd are Light It Up Blue days. During the Light It Up Blue days, citiies, communities and families are committed to 'Light It Up Blue' to encourage support and participate in the fight for the cure.
According to the Autism Speaks website, 'Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. There is not established explanation for this increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered. Studies suggest boys are more likely than girls to develop autism and receive the diagnosis three to four times more frequently. Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.' At this point, there is no cure for autism nor is there a clear indication as to the cause.
Foundations such as, Autism Speaks, have been created to raise funds, awareness, and to promote policies to support individuals and families affected by Autism. To learn more about autism and the support effors visit Autism Speaks.
To support the cause on April 1st and 2nd, you can:
- Wear Blue
- Wear or display an Autism Speaks puzzle piece
- Make your exterior home and/or office lights blue
- Display the Autism pictures/banners on your Social Media profiles
- Donate to the Cause
Some ways that people are celebrating are:
- The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, turn its lights blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Speaks’ global Light It Up Blue campaign.
- The Empire State Building and Rockerfeller Center in NY will have a special blue lighting the evening of April 1, 2011.
- City Hall in Baltimore had a blue lighting ceremony on March 31, 2011 in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.
To sign the pledge and learn about events in your area, Visit - www.lightitupblue.org