What Can You Do to Show Your Support?

We invite you to join us on April 2, 2013, and throughout the month of April (Autism Awareness Month) to raise awareness about Autism.

World Autism Day

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated on April 2 annually and was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on Autism as a growing global health crisis and in support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in the United States.

Autism Speaks, the largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced the launch of the Inaugural LIGHT IT UP BLUE campaign in 2010. This is intended to raise international awareness of autism.

Autism is one of only three official disease-specific days adopted by the U.N.

Autism affects one in 88 children.

One in 54 boys will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with this developmental disability than girls.

There are many ways to show your support and help raise awareness of early diagnosis and early intervention.

Light It Up Blue

Ways to Light it up Blue:

Purchase blue light bulbs from your local Home Depot or any lighting supply store and replace your outdoor lighting to blue.

Wear an autism puzzle piece pin.

Wear blue clothing; ask friends and co-workers to wear blue too.

Ask your school to help support this cause. Educate and empower; a great way for students to learn about autism and take a role in changing the future.

Light your school blue with exterior lighting or by using blue light bulbs. Organize an art contest; winning entries can be displayed throughout the month of April.

Wear BLUE: encourage teachers and students and all school staff to wear blue on April 2 or other designated day in April (Autism Awareness Month). You can upload a photo to this website.

We will be having our 3rd annual Balloon Launch to celebrate those who struggle with autism and to honor their accomplishments.

Join us April 6 at Century Village, Burton, Ohio. (more information to follow)

Rachel can be contacted at jasons_ma@yahoo.com if you have any questions!
Click HERE for more information about The Geauga County Autism group.

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Rachel Dannemiller
Author: Rachel Dannemiller

Rachel is a lifelong resident of Geauga County. She is married to Tom and has a son Jason, and a dog named Harley. Rachel and her family are devoted to bringing autism awareness to the community and they are organizing the local Autism Speaks event in Burton this year.