Shining A Light on Autism & ASD

Through December 2016, I will be writing several comprehensive posts about my experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome that will be shared with my college course blog. Access to this blog is only available to my Washburn University students and professor.

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Autism Speaks promotional logo for the “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Source: Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks promotional logo for the “Light It Up Blue” campaign.
Source: Autism Speaks

Each year in the month of April, the month is dedicated to shining a light on the awareness of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.  The awareness kicks off each year on April 2nd with “World Autism Awareness Day,” or “Light It Up Blue” a worldwide awareness day as most entertainment, sporting venues, landmarks, and government offices change their nighttime lighting to blue.  Earlier this year in 2016 was the eighth annual awareness day since its beginning in 2008.  This is not just a day to turn your porchlight colors to blue, but a day to wear and pledge support for the awareness. You may (or not) recognize the symbol of autism as a blue puzzle piece.

Empire State Building - New York City, New York Source: Autism Speaks
Empire State Building – New York City, New York
Source: Autism Speaks

Orlando Eye - Orlando, Florida Source: Autism Speaks
Orlando Eye – Orlando, Florida
Source: Autism Speaks

Sydney Opera House - Sydney, Australia Source: Autism Speaks
Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
Source: Autism Speaks

This last April, President Barack Obama signed the proclamation for this day, in his address, he remarked by stating, “Every person deserves the chance to reach for their highest hopes and fulfill their greatest potential.”  Obama goes on to re-state the facts about autism and Asperger’s Syndrome which I will discuss further next week.