On April 2nd, people across the globe are encouraged to “light it up blue” in honour of World Autism Day. This campaign aims to improve understanding and acceptance for individuals living with autism by spreading awareness, as well as showing support all over the world.
There are a number of different ways you can take part in this campaign April 2nd:
Wear blue: Choose to wear something the colour blue
Share blue: Post about the campaign using the hashtag #LightItUpBlue
Spread blue: Add #LightItUpBlue photos to your social media accounts, tell others about the campaign and what it means
Support blue: Start a Facebook fundraiser or make a donation to an Autism organization
Light blue: Light your home or business with blue light bulbs
Landmarks around the world will also turn blue in support of the cause. Some landmarks that have turned blue for the day in the past include: Niagara Falls, the United Nations, the Empire State Building, the White House and state government buildings.
These types of social movements can be powerful, but it is important to remember why we “light up blue”, all year round. Ask questions, educate yourself, expand your knowledge and encourage others to do the same. Make an effort at all times to make all people feel welcomed, valued and respected. At the end of the day, we all want to be understood and accepted and individuals living with autism are certainly no exception.