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4 Days Left Until Light It Up Blue

March 28, 2011 15 comments

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!

White House, Light It Up Blue!

Amy Gravino, self-advocate, writer, and Asperger’s Syndrome College Coach, wrote this letter to President Obama urging him to light The White House blue.Please leave your comments on the blog, time is running out!


Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

Prudential Joyce Realty is spearheading a month long community initiative with the dual goals of increasing  autism awareness and raising money for Autism Speaks in Rockland County. Autism touches many Rockland County families, including several real estate agents at Prudential Joyce.  Nationally, 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism.The campaign began in Pearl River, where at least 25 local stores have very generously agreed to donate up to 5% of their net monthly proceeds to the Light It Blue Rockland campaign. We hope the interest continues to increase and that this Light It Blue Rockland campaign will grow exponentially.The Light It Up Blue Rockland website will list all the sponsors and any events planned during the month.  The town of Orangetown has agreed to put a blue chalk line down on Central Avenue for our April 1st kickoff. 

For more information, like their Facebook Fan Page!

Visit www.lightitupblue.org to get pledge your support and get involved!

 

 


Community Spotlight 

Today’s virtual interview is with Shawna H. from Bolingbrook Ill.

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Shawna H.:
We are lighting up Schoenherr Avenue.

AS: Why are you lighting up Schoenherr Avenue?
SH: My son has a chromozonal deletion and was diagnosed with PDD-NOS and is on the autism spectrum. it is important that my neighbor and community understand about autism and show love and support for my son and our entire community.

 

AS: How did you go about lighting up your block?
SH: We have 26 houses that have 3 or 4 lights on their house. I went to Home Depot and bought 90 Blue lights. I will give the lights to my neighbors for free. I will also encourage them to make a donation to Autism Speaks! I am looking forward to seeing all the houses on the street LIT UP BLUE!

Are you lighting up blue too? Take this quick and easy survey to tell us how!

5 Days Left Until Light It Up Blue

March 27, 2011 6 comments

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!


Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

More than 500 buildings and communities are lighting it up blue! Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Christ the Redeemer is considered the 2nd largest art deco statue and is among the New Seven Wonders of the World.
 

Visit www.lightitupblue.org to get pledge your support and get involved!

 


Community Spotlight 

Today’s virtual interview is with Vicki D. from Nebraska. 

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Vicki D.:
The Nebraska State Capitol Building

AS: Why is this campaign important to you?
VD: My son has autism and I knew when he was diagnosed that I had to be his voice.  I want to help give awareness to the public that people with autism want the same as everyone; to have friends, to be included and have respect.

AS: Getting the State Capitol to light up is a huge accomplishment! How did you do it?
VD: I wrote the Governor of Nebraska and sent information about Light It Up Blue.  I asked him to not only do it for my son but for everyone in Nebraska touched by autism.

AS: What other buildings would you like to see lit up?
VD: The White House.

Are you lighting up blue too? Take this quick and easy survey to tell us how!

 

Dr. Geri Dawson Gives Us an Update!

In this blog post, Dr. Geri Dawson shares how the University of North Carolina will be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day. Several scientists at the University of North Carolina are currently conducting Autism Speaks-funded research on topics ranging from infant screening to animal models to clinical trials that are assessing new behavioral and medical treatments.

6 Days Left Until Light It Up Blue

March 26, 2011 7 comments

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!


Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

More than 500 buildings and communities are lighting it up blue! Niagara Falls will be lighting up blue again!
 

Visit www.lightitupblue.org to get pledge your support and get involved!

 

 


Community Spotlight 

Today’s virtual interview is with Janelle V. from Bloomington, Ind. 

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Janelle V.:
We are lighting our chapter house blue to show Alpha Xi Delta’s support for World Autism Awareness Day to the rest of the greek community near by! We will be passing out blue ribbons leading up to this day and want the community to help us recognize World Autism Awareness Day.

AS: How are you going to light your chapter house blue?
JV: We will be placing blue spot lights in our front lawn and lighting up the front of the house!

AS: What would you like to see lit up next year?
JV: We would love to see buildings in downtown Bloomington lit up!

Are you lighting up blue too? Take this quick and easy survey to tell us how!

 

Blue Website Builder of the Day

Tara Currence is our Blue Website Builder of the Day! Check out her page! She has built this website for her son, Jack, who has been diagnosed with autism. She has already surpassed her fundraising goal! 

You can build a Blue website too! Just visit this link and get started!

Take the Pledge to go blue and help us shine a light on autism!

UNC to Light It Up Blue

March 25, 2011 1 comment

By Geri Dawson, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks, and Research Professor of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill.

 

UNC employees team up in blue for autism awareness: Autism researchers, clinicians, and hospital staff posed to show their support of World Autism Awareness

One out of 110 school-age children in the US is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Given these numbers, it is likely that you know someone who is affected by autism.  Please join me and thousands of others around the world in shining a bright blue light on autism by wearing blue on April 1st and 2nd.  This is one way you can show your support and increase awareness of autism.

People with ASD have difficulties in social interaction and communication and tend to have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.  Autism is not one condition; rather, it is many conditions with many different causes, which include both genetic and environmental risk factors. When autism is identified at an early age and appropriate early intervention is provided, children with autism can make substantial gains and learn to communicate and interact socially.  With appropriate intervention, many children with autism are able to attend a regular classroom, learn to speak, and develop friendships. ASD affects each person differently.  Some individuals are highly verbal and experience mostly social challenges, while others are nonverbal and unable to live independently. Some people are affected by medical conditions such as seizures or sleep disorders.  Although most people think about autism as a condition affecting children, the challenges are typically life-long.  A half-million adolescents with ASD will be entering adulthood over the next few years.

New research on the biology of autism is pointing toward novel treatments, including medications that could help address the core symptoms of ASD. Each year, Autism Speaks provides $25-30 million in research funding to discover autism’s causes and effective interventions (www.autismspeaks.org).  In fact, several scientists at the University of North Carolina are currently conducting Autism Speaks-funded research on topics ranging from infant screening to animal models to clinical trials that are assessing new behavioral and medical treatments. This research offers hope for the many families struggling with autism in all of its forms.

The diversity of the presentation of ASD is just a part of the awareness we hope to raise this year on World Autism Awareness Day by shining a light on autism.  We want more people to appreciate the lives of those living with autism, both in terms of the daily challenges and the celebrations of special abilities and milestones achieved.

Saturday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, dedicated in 2007 by the United Nations to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention.  On Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, we will light the world up blue to raise awareness and show support. Landmark buildings, hospitals and schools around the world will change their lighting to blue. Please join us at work and at your home by wearing blue, changing your porch light and hanging a sign to show your support. For more information on how you can light it up blue, please go to www.lightitupblue.org.

Only a Week Until Light It Up Blue

March 25, 2011 2 comments

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!

Light the White House Blue

Today Laura Shumaker writes this letter asking President Obama to turn the White House blue! She asks that The White House is lit for her son Matthew, who wants so desperately to be ‘a regular guy.’

Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

More than 500 buildings and communities are lighting it up blue! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio has signed on to Light It Up Blue! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. 

Visit www.lightitupblue.org to get pledge your support and get involved!

 

 

Community Spotlight

Today’s virtual interview is with Jennifer R. from Dothan, Al. 

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Jennifer R.:
The Burger King in Dothan, Alabama where I work.

AS: Why was the ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign important to you?
JR
: I feel so lucky that my place of employment is so supportive of my son’s condition.

AS: How did you get Burger King on board?
JR: We are displaying blue lights! I went through my manager who talked to our district manager about making this happen! Next year I hope even more buildings in Dothan sign on.

Are you lighting up blue too? Take this quick and easy survey to tell us how!

Check Out These Amazing Photos

Have you downloaded the new ‘Light It Up Blue‘ App on iTunes? You can participate virtually by taking photos and lighting them with 5 different frames! They are then added to the Official Light It Up Blue Photostream!

Take the Pledge to go blue and help us shine a light on autism!

8 Days Until ‘Light It Up Blue’

March 24, 2011 1 comment

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!


Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

More than 500 buildings and communities are lighting it up blue! The Cairo Tower in Egypt will be joining the Light It Up Blue campaign! The Cairo Tower is a great city landmark and provides amazing views of the city for all who visit it!

Visit www.lightitupblue.org to get pledge your support and get involved!

Community Spotlight

Today’s virtual interview is with Rebecca Y. from Chicago, Ill. 

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Rebecca Y.:
North Park University Apartments and Houses

AS: Why was the ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign important to you?
RY
: It is important for me because this is my school, and has become my second home. My university is known for getting behind and supporting causes. This is a cause and movement I think many students are unaware of and don’t think will really affect them, personally. However, with the rates of diagnosis of autism climbing throughout the decades, I fear their unawareness will catch up with them one day.

AS: How did you get North Park University on board?
RY: I am planning on lighting up these buildings with help from my RA and through the Residence Life on campus. They are hosting the event and getting blue light bulbs for the different apartments and houses.

Are you lighting up blue too? Take this quick and easy survey to tell us how!

Blue Website Builder of the Day

Kim Porter is our Blue Website Builder of the Day! Check out her page! She has already surpassed her fundraising goal!  Way to go Kim! 

You can build a Blue website too! Just visit this link and get started!

Take the Pledge to go blue and help us shine a light on autism!

9 More Days Until Light It Up Blue!

March 23, 2011 1 comment

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!

Light the White House Blue

Today we are featuring Wills, a young man with autism, who wrote this heartfelt letter to President Obama urging him to light The White House Blue. He insisted that we make sure the post was in blue, way to go Wills!

Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

More than 500 buildings and communities are lighting it up blue, including a repeat from last year… the great Fenway Park! Boston fans can rest assured that their Red Sox have joined the campaign again!

Fenway Park Lit Up Blue in 2010 for World Autism Awareness Day

Community Spotlight

Today’s virtual interview is with Kathy D. from Gainesville, Va. 

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Kathy D.: Tenbrook Drive in Gainesville, Va.

AS: Why was the ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign important to you?
KD: I have a daughter who has autism and is currently in a long-term care facility trying to get “happy and healthy” enough to come back home to her family.

AS: How did you get Tenbrook Drive on board?
KD: I bought my neighbors “Light it up Blue” t-shirts, window clings, pens and glow bracelets. A total of 17 shirts! We plan to gather on April 2 to take a group picture and send it to my daughter. They have all loved and supported her through these tough times. We are all also going to light up our outside lights blue the night of April 1st. So yay for Tenbrook Drive!

AS: Next Year, who else would you like to see participate?
KD: Next year maybe I can get my whole neighborhood to participate instead of one street!

With only 9 days left, what are YOU lighting up blue?


Autism Speaks and The Home Depot Team Up to Shine a Light on Autism

March 21, 2011 58 comments

Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, and The Home Depot® have partnered to shine a light on autism during Autism Awareness Month in April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The Home Depot, the largest distributor of Coleman products, will sell blue Coleman LED lanterns and blue light bulbs starting mid-March, offering people across the country the opportunity to raise autism awareness through Autism Speaks’ Light it Up Blue initiative. A portion of each sale will go to Autism Speaks to fund research, advocacy, family services, and awareness for families struggling with this disorder.

“The Home Depot and Coleman have become critical partners in Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign,” said Pat Kemp, Autism Speaks Executive Vice President – Marketing, Corporate Relations and Development. “We can now encourage all Americans, whether they are touched by autism or not, to join the campaign on April 1 and 2 to show their compassion for families facing this disorder by lighting up their homes blue.”

The light bulbs retail for $1.65, and $1 from each one purchased, up to $80,000, will benefit Autism Speaks. The Coleman LED lanterns retail at $19.88 and $2 from each, up to $160,000, will go to Autism Speaks. The lantern alternates from white to blue when illuminated. The Home Depot arranged for the specially marked Light It Up Blue Coleman products to be manufactured and distributed throughout all of their stores in the United States and will be available in stores from March 15 through the end of April or while supplies last.

The Light It Up Blue campaign, now in its second year, has garnered the support of over 300 iconic buildings and landmarks across the globe that will illuminate their structures in bright blue on the evening of April 1 and 2 in an effort to help raise awareness and shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis.

Autism Speaks has a special Web site, www.lightitupblue.org, to highlight the campaign. The Light It Up Blue Web site provides unique and fun ideas about how people can get involved in their local community, from hosting autism-themed gatherings to viewings of autism-themed films and TV programs. The site also accepts donations to fund autism awareness and research efforts.

For more information about the partnership between Autism Speaks and The Home Depot, please visit here!

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*For anyone having difficulty finding bulbs*
Call your local Home Depot Lighting & Electrical department, ask if they have them. If they do not, ask if the associate can look up what stores in your area still have stock and give the SKU. The SKU # is 625677 for the blue light bulbs.


It Pays To Have People in “Well Lit Places”

March 18, 2011 8 comments

This is a guest post from Barbara Goode, the St. Louis Walk Now for Autism Speaks Manager.

We really wanted to embrace the Light It Up Blue campaign in St. Louis.  The St. Louis Volunteer PR committee has really taken on this project and made it soar.

The first contact they made was nothing short of genius!  They contacted a lighting company; actually, it wasn’t just a lighting company, but THE Lighting Company in St. Louis, HOK Lighting.  HOK Lighting came on board and lent Autism Speaks their time, talent, and knowledge of the buildings and fountains that could easily and inexpensively change the color of their lighting.

And with the “flip of a switch” (okay, a few emails), we suddenly had 10 buildings confirmed… The Big Brothers Big Sisters Building, Chase Park Plaza, City Garden Fountains, Civil Courts Building, Government Hill Fountain, Lambert Airport Terminal, Lewis Rice and Fingersh, Lighting Associates, Missouri History Museum, Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum, with more confirming each day.  And thanks to one of our fabulous fundraisers, the St. Louis Autism Speaks Office will Light It Up Blue too!

2011 ‘Light It Up Blue’ Photos

March 9, 2011 11 comments

Check out how our community is already ‘Lighting Up Blue!’

Be sure to download the free ‘Light It Up Blue‘ app from the iTunes store!

Please submit your photos to bluephotos@autismspeaks.org

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