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2 Days Left Until Light It Up Blue

March 30, 2011 8 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! Are you looking to have a family vacation? Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is going blue and it could be the perfect place!
 

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

 

 


Community Spotlight 

Today’s virtual interview is with Sue H. from Lohrville, La. 

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Sue H.:
My home!

AS: Why is this important to you?
SH: Why isn’t it important should be the question… My grandson is autistic and I have worked in the field now for 28 years.

AS: Wow that’s great! How are you lighting your home?
SH: We are going to do it ourselves. I have the bulbs!

AS: What other buildings would you like to see lit up?
SH: Every home and every business.

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

Blue Builder of the Day

Reign Voltaire is our Blue Website Builder of the Day! Reign has created this website in honor of his Godson Jeffrey. He has almost reached his goal – let’s help him out! 

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

 

NBA to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

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NBA Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

March 30, 2011 17 comments

We are thrilled to have the National Basketball Association partnering with us to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. The league, teams, and players will be showing their support for World Autism Awareness Day and raising awareness of autism. NBA coaches and local broadcasters will be sporting the Autism Speaks lapel puzzle pin. And NBA TV will be lighting their studio blue on April 2nd.

The NBA has been so generous and creative in raising awareness for autism, and here are some of the ways! Several team arenas and surrounding locations will be lit up blue. Puzzle piece cookies will be on sale, Autism Speaks public service announcements will be broadcasts on jumbo vision screens and Autism Speaks concourse tables will be set up to readily hand out information to fans. Some teams are donating a portion of ticket sales to Autism Speaks, while others are turning their interior lights blue during halftime!

The teams participating are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers, and the Toronto Raptors.

Thank you so much to the National Basketball Association, NBA Cares, and all of the teams and players involved in World Autism Awareness Day!  And don’t miss the NBA Cares video below with Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.

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!

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?


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