Light It Up Blue

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Light It Up Blue, annually observed on April 2, is dedicated to raising awareness of autism.[1] Autism Speaks, the autism research and education organization, announced the launch of the inaugural Light It Up Blue campaign in 2010.[2] This initiative is intended to raise international awareness of autism as a growing public health crisis in support of both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in the United States.[3]

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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,[4] 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).[5]

On April 2, 2013 the Cloth Hall, Ypres, Belgium with Nieuwerck (nl) was lighted up blue

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.[6]

In 2011, despite efforts by Autism Speaks, the White House said it would not light up blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.[7]

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