Light It Up Blue
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Light It Up Blue, annually observed on April 2, is dedicated to raising awareness of autism. Autism Speaks, an autism research and education organization, announced the launch of the inaugural Light It Up Blue campaign in 2010. This initiative is intended to raise international awareness of autism in support of both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in the United States.
Iconic landmarks around the globe – including the Empire State Building in New York City and Willis Tower in Chicago along with the CN Tower in Toronto and Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia – as well as airports, bridges, museums, concert halls, restaurants, hospitals, and retail stores, are among more than 100 structures in over 16 U.S. cities and nine countries around the world lit up in bright blue on the evening of April 1, 2010 – the first night of Autism Awareness Month in the United States and the eve of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).
On April 2, 2010, the third annual World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where Autism Speaks volunteers and supporters opened the day by ringing the NYSE opening bell.
- "Light It Up Blue".
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- "UMASS MEDICAL SCHOOL PARTICIPATES IN LIGHT IT UP BLUE FOR WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY". University of Massachusetts Medical School. 2010-04-02.
- "Autism Speaks Launches Light It Up Blue Campaign to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Awareness Month in the United States. The project was initiated by, a young man from New York in 2008. Motivated by his personal experience with lack of autism awareness, he dreamed, planned, and outlined his ideas in his application to the Empire State Building. He asked the Empire State Building to light blue for autism in 2008. Blue was chosen for all three tiers of the building as a symbol of hope. He worked for support from Autism Speaks on 2008, and 2009. The dream became a reality, and in 2011 the young man lit up the Empire State Building himself. Since then, countless landmarks and organizations worldwide have joined the movement later named Light it Up Blue by Autism Speaks." (Press release). Autism Speaks. 2010-03-17.
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