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3 Days Left Until Light It Up Blue

The countdown is on to April 1st! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Every day, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, a special interview and much more!

White House, Light It Up Blue!

Today Mrs. Sergeant Major, who is a military wife and autism mom, makes an appeal to President Obama to light The White House blue. Please leave your comments on the blog, time is running out!

Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

We are thrilled to announce that Autism-Europe will be participating in World Autism Awareness Day again this year. There are several buildings and landmarks lighting up and we are so glad they are partnering with us to light it up blue! 

Europe also came together to talk about brain banking and creating plans for sharing this most precious resource, just in time for World Autism Awareness Day! Read more about it here.

Visit www.lightitupblue.org to get pledge your support and get involved!



Clérigos Tower - Porto, Portugal

Community Spotlight 

Today’s virtual interview is with Jennifer B. from Rocky River, Ohio  

Autism Speaks: What are you Lighting Up Blue?
Jennifer B.:
Bonnie Bank ‘Blue-evard!’

AS: Why are you lighting up Bonnie Bank ‘Blue-evard?’ We love that!
JB: My 9 year old daughter Madeline was diagnosed with PDD-NOS when she was 4 years old.  As she gets older, the gap is beginning to widen between Madeline and her peers.  I believe it is so important to educate children and the community about autism.  By lighting our street blue, not only are we showing our love and support of Madeline, we are also getting people to ask questions.  I believe as people become aware and seek answers to their questions, the more they will understand…and understanding leads to friendship.

AS: How did you go about lighting up your block?
JB: B-3, as we residents affectionately refer to it, consists of 48 homes.  This past Saturday, I knocked on doors, and spoke to each of my neighbors about Autism Awareness month, Madeline, and the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign.  I told them of my desire to turn Bonnie Bank Blvd. into Bonnie Bank ‘Blue-evard.’  I was truly amazed by the response!  What I had thought would be an hour long walk along the street turned into an eight hour journey.  By the end of my ‘walk’, not only did I learn about the compassionate nature  of my neighbors, I also achieved my goal of lighting up the ‘Blue-evard!’

Are you lighting up blue too? Take this quick and easy survey to tell us how!

Take the Pledge to Light It Up Blue!

  1. Donna Years
    March 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I just wanted to write to you to tell you that I am lighting it up blue here at our house for our 7 y.o. son, Eric, and for 2 of my friends who have daughters on the spectrum. I have blue light bulbs on my front and back porch lights as well as inside the porch and out in the lawn. I have made a large puzzle piece to put out in the yard during the day. Knowing me I will not stop there :-).
    I spoke to the Principal at my sons school and we are planning many activities for the students, parents and staff for the whole month of April. We on the committee are very excited about this.
    I have written letters to area businesses and I have a definite yes from one so far. We will see if others follow suit.
    I modified my letter and sent it off to my local newspaper. They printed it on Monday, I have had people mention to me that they saw the letter ( Good I wanted to get people talking ) I made it an open letter to all homeowners and area businesses, asking that they too help raise awareness.
    I have sent off emails to family and friends and plan to post a message on my facebook page as well.
    Next year I am hoping to expand my letter writing campaign to include more businesses.
    I have written to the President, the NYS Governor, as well as some Congressmen and Senators.

  2. Cynthia
    March 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm


  3. karen
    March 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I was just wondering how to light up my profile pic BLUE? I have a beautiful 10 year old son that is on the Spectrum!!!

  4. rose
    March 30, 2011 at 8:33 am


  5. Chris
    April 1, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Yeah I need to find a blue light bulb… It’ll definitely be on.

  6. Chris
    April 1, 2011 at 4:12 am

    (I really hope)

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