“Lighting” the White House Blue
The autism community came together to urge President Obama and his staff to light the White House blue as a symbol and statement to the world about autism. While we still have hope that it will happen one day, we took matters into our own hands this Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Over one hundred Autism Speaks supporters gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to commemorate the fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day and to light it blue with their presence, hope and love for the community.
“We are gathered here today to help shine a light on autism,” said Jayne Tobin, whose sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Bob Wright, founded Autism Speaks in 2005. “The children gathered here with their families, just like my grandnephew, represent the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. It is imperative that our government and the world take action against autism.”
Rebecca Grazel, a student at George Washington University, took dozens of pictures of the blue-clad volunteers. “By telling those who were in the dark about this empowering day and the disorder itself, we are ensuring that others will spread the word. What is a bigger sign of awareness and support than showing up in the hub of our nation’s capital, wearing blue, and documenting this momentous occasion of countless others doing the same? I am so happy to be a part of it.”