Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.
Throughout its history, the United Nations family has promoted the rights and well-being of the disabled, including children with developmental disabilities. In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.
“This international attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures,” UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said in a message commemorating Autism Day 2013. “Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential. “
Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.
It’s easy and fun to Light It Up Blue! Register your Light It Up Blue events today. Whether you’re joining as an individual, or the manager of a building, store, school, cultural institution, restaurant, or media entity, you can pledge to Light It Up Blue and share your events.
In 2012, more than 3000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries on six continents turned their lights blue in commemoration of World Autism Awareness
How can I Light It Up Blue?
It’s easy for individuals and families, buildings, landmarks, retail locations, schools, universities and restaurants to Light It Up Blue! Simply change your
light bulbs from white to blue!
- On April 2, wear blue clothing and ask friends, co-workers and schools to wear blue too. Take group photo and upload it to the gallery at www.LightItUpBlue.org.
- Light your home blue by purchasing blue light bulbs from Home Depot and replace your outdoor lighting with these blue bulbs.
- Tweet about Light It Up Blue
- Change your Facebook profile photo to the Light It Up Blue logo on April 2.
- Download the Light It Up Blue App: HERE