World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.
Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community. In honor of people with autism worldwide, iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, schools, universities, bridges, retail stores, and thousands of homes will light blue beginning on April 2!
Ways to Light it Up Blue
Light Homes, Businesses, Schools, and Landmarks Blue:
- Change outdoor or indoor white bulbs to blue bulbs.
- Tint windows with blue gel sheets
- Cover existing fixtures with blue gel filters
- Project the Autism Speaks puzzle piece or Light It Up Blue logo on walls or buildings
- Ask family, friends, coworkers, and staff to wear blue (ties, scarfs, shirts, etc.)
- Supply Autism Speaks lapel pins, bracelets, or other blue accessories to wear during the month of April.
- Personalize your LIUB Selfie Sign to tell us where you Light It Up Blue
- Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, or Flickr with the hashtag #LIUB to be a part of the global autism awareness movement!
- Turn your website blue with our Site It Up Blue kit or add the Light It Up Blue logo with a link to autismspeaks.org/liub
- Turn your Facebook or Twitter profile picture blue
- Tweet autism facts with the hashtag #LIUB
Raise Awareness with Blue
- Distribute information about autism, World Autism Awareness Day, and Light It Up Blue in your establishment, neighborhood, or company.
- Invite a local Autism Speaks representative to speak to your staff, school, or town about autism and the Light It Up Blue campaign.
- Reach out to local media to let the community know about your great work for the autism community and your support of autism speaks!