"The Autism community in the Metroplex is really energized this year! So many families, small businesses and schools are participating in a big way from lighting their facilities blue to wearing blue and actually having programs that share information about autism. This is exactly what we’d hoped would happen! To have these iconic buildings participate, as well, is just marvelous!”, said Pat Robbins, Texas Area Director of Autism Speaks
Omni Dallas, Renassaince Tower, 1900 North Akard Street and Reunion Tower join a list of nearly 2,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in over 220 U.S. cities and 28 countries around the world that will shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Empire State Building in NYC, the Aspen Ski Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls in Canada, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even the International Space Station will all join Autism Speak in support of the millions of families affected by autism.
Ways members of the community can support Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign:
Light windows or homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide
Download the FREE LIUB iPhone App at the iTunes Store and turn your own pictures blue with different style frames
Bake puzzle piece-shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness
Wear blue clothing and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin on April 2 and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our photo gallery at www.lightitupblue.org
Social Media: Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo or update your Facebook/Twiiter status to read “Light it up blue to shine a light on autism.”
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Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 110 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 600 percent increase in the past two decades that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.