Celebrate Autism Awareness Day on April 2!

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April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day! Autism organizations from around the globe celebrate this special day by setting up events aimed at raising the public’s awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What can you do to celebrate? Even if you aren’t personally affected by autism (meaning that you or your child/family member don’t have ASD), you can still spread the word and participate in Autism Awareness Day activities. Check out these ideas for celebrating.

Visit a ‘light it up blue’ venue. Several major venues and landmarks will light up blue (around the world) in recognition of autism. In 2016 some of the light up blue spaces and places include Gillette Stadium (the home of the New England Patriots). The Suez Canal, the U.S. Bank Tower (in California) and Taiwan’s Taipei 101.

Have your own light up day. Switch out your porch lightbulbs for blue ones in celebration of this special day.

Wear blue. If you don’t have a light to change the color of, grab a blue shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat in celebration!

Make a donation. Kids can set up a lemonade stand or do chores around the house to earn extra money that they can then donate to an autism awareness association.

Craft a Light It Up Blue (LIUB) sign, snap a picture of the kids holding it and share it on social media using the hashtag #LIUB.