Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability that affects how a person communicates and interacts to other people as well as how they make sense of the world around them. It is now believed that autism affects 1 in 100 Children in Ireland. Recent studies reveal that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are increasing and since autism can be suspected in the first year of life, early detection and intervention is crucial.
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is celebrated each year on 2nd April, while the whole month of April is Autism Awareness Month aiming to highlight autism as a growing health concern. Adopted by the United Nations in 2007, WAAD, aims to increase global knowledge of autism and provide information about the importance of early diagnosis and intervention, while also celebrating the wonderful individual talent and skills of people with autism throughout the world.
One of the main global activities to help to raise awareness is Autism Speaks’ international Light it Up Blue campaign – #LIUB. This campaign involves numerous iconic landmarks, sporting venues, hotels, businesses and homes across the globe shining blue lights in honour of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism.
Buildings in Ireland Lighting Up Blue for Autism Awareness
– Cork School of Music
– CHQ building
– Dublin Convention Centre
– 3 Arena
– Bord Gais Energy Theatre
– Glenveagh Castle, Donegal
– Wexford Famine Ship
Some of the Buildings and Iconic Landmarks Around the World that Will #LIUB
– The Empire State Building
– 30 Rockerfellar Center
– Taipei 101 Tower
– CenturyLink Field, home of the XLVII Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks
– Niagara Falls
– Egypt’s Great Pyramid
– La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
For a more comprehensive list of the buildings and iconic landmarks around the world that will Light It Up Blue for autism awareness you can check out the Autism Speaks website.
Everyone Get Involved
It is not just famous buildings and iconic landmarks that can Light It Up Blue, we can all do our bit. Below are some suggestions of how you too can play a part in raising autism awareness this April:
1. Wear blue – ask family friends, co-workers and classmates to wear a blue item of clothing or accessory.
2. Post blue – personalise the LIUB Selfie Sign to let people know where you Light It Up Blue then post your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr or any other social media platform and use the hashtag #LIUB and be a part of the awareness movement.
3. Turn your profile picture blue.
4. Simply tweet autism facts using the hashtag #LIUB
5. If you have a website you can Light It Up Blue using the Site It Up Blue kit or add the logo below