World Autism Awareness Day, observed world-wide on April 2nd, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to bring awareness to autism as a growing global health priority.
On April 2nd thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes around the world unite by lighting up blue in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Last year 142 countries on all seven continents participated and people everywhere wore blue to help increase awareness.
Did you know ...
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children (and these figures continue to grow…)
- Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the world
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism (1 in 42)
There is no medical detection or cure for autism
Light It Up Blue
Check out these 3 easy ways to get involved:
1. Pledge to wear blue!
Wear a blue shirt on April 2nd and make sure your friends, coworkers or classmates do too!
2. Help make autism trend online!
- Turn your Facebook or Twitter profile picture blue.
- Post a picture of yourself holding the Light It Up Blue selfie sign
- Tweet autism facts with the hashtag #LIUB
- Organize a LIUB get-together with friends to raise money on April 2nd
3. Light your home or business blue!
Just pick up a blue light bulb and swap it in at your home or work!
So, let’s make everything blue on April 2nd to spread autism awareness and to celebrate the many unique talents of people with autism. Let’s make 2016 our biggest year yet for autism awareness!
Tom Liszt is a busy guy. When he isn't working hard on his marketing consulting business or out hiking the Bruce Trail to decompress, he's a dedicated family man focused on getting the best out of life for his wife and children. And then there's the stuff he does in his "spare" time. It may be coaching with Special Olympics, or volunteering on the Welland Museum Board of Management, or lending a hand on Canada's 150th Anniversary Committee, but whatever it is, he's constantly following his passion to make a positive difference. And smiling the whole time. Tom's motto has always been, "Don't worry about the rain, 'cause I'll bring my own sunshine."