On Monday, April 2, Fairfield University will participate in the “Light It Up Blue,” global initiative sponsored by the Autism Speaks organization. “Light It Up Blue,” in its third year is a unique initiative by the organization to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will “Light It Up Blue,” to show support on the 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).
The Barone Campus Center will be bathed in a blue glow, lamps in some campus offices will burn blue, and students dressed in blue t-shirts featuring the “Light It Up Blue,” logo, will distribute educational materials on autism in both the Barone Campus Center and the Quick Center for the Arts. The Fairfield University website changed from “red” to “blue,” and the Fairfield Stags website featured an Autism Speaks video about the initiative.
World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism and features community events around the world where individuals with autism and their families are warmly welcomed and embraced.
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