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See How the World Is Lighting It Up Blue

April 1, 2011 59 comments

On April 1 and April 2 buildings all over the world were lit in bright blue to help kick off Autism Awareness Month and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.  Visit lightitupblue.org for more photos and information.  See a list of the more than 1000 buildings participating in Light It Up Blue and find out about national fundraising and awareness initiatives from Autism Speaks’ partners. Watch an interview with Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speak, from NBA TV, and see how the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs celebrated the day.  See how “The Talk” lit it up blue on April 1 and see photos and video from etnies’ free skateboarding clinic for children with autism.

Read a Presidential Proclamation about World Autism Awareness Day.

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CBS Early Show

Suzanne Wright on the Early Show

Autism Speaks opened World Autism Awareness Day, April 2,  on the CBS Saturday Early Show. Bob and Suzanne Wright were guests of anchors Russ Mitchell and Rebecca Jarvis on their Early Coffee segment. They shared that over 1000 buildings in the U.S. and around the world turned blue last night and will again tonight to celebrate WAAD.  When asked “what do you want people to know about autism,” Suzanne Wright said “1 in 110 … the numbers are staggering,” Bob answered the question of “What is the biggest challenge you would like to overcome with autism?” by saying “If we can get real good research and translate it into drugs and therapies we can have enormous impact – what helps a child helps an adult.”  See the clip here.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Students Singing at the Intrepid

The Intrepid played host this morning to a press conference and family event for those affected by autism. Children from Pelham Middle School joined children with autism from schools around NYC and N.J. to celebrate WAAD on April 2. Owen Saunders, a student at Pelham Middle School, created the song Light It Up Blue and got his classmates to sing it. Autism Speaks recorded the kids singing the song and created a video that has gone viral around the world! The father of a child with autism in Argentina translated the song into Spanish and it is being sung in Spain and Argentina to celebrate WAAD today.The students sang their heart-warming song today to an audience that included guest speakers Suzanne and Bob Wright – who were joined by the children and grandchildren, Senator Robert Menendez (NJ), and the president of the Intrepid Susan Marenoff-Zausner. They received a standing ovation at the conclusion of their performance. Plus visit the Pix 11 blog to see the students’ performance from April 1

Guests and Intrepid visitors were also able to try out Autism Speaks’ brand new interactive awareness ad created by BBDO with the Ad Council. The display invites people to try to make eye contact with a young girl on the screen to demonstrate an early warning sign of autism.

NYSE Opening Bell

Global Bell Ringing Across NYSE Euronext Markets in Honor of World Autism Awareness Day

On the morning of April 1,  Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, and Toni Braxton, six time Grammy Award-winner and Autism Speaks spokesperson, along with other supporters, were on hand to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.  Watch video here.

Empire State Building

Autism Speaks volunteers and supporters gathered at the Empire State Building to flip the ceremonial switch to turn the lights blue for the second year in a row. Bob and Suzanne Wright and Toni Braxton addressed the crowd.  Read more and see photos.
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