Thursday, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. On that day, hundreds of thousands of people and communities from all around the world join together with Autism Speaks, one of the largest Autism Awareness Organizations, to bring awareness through a campaign known as Light It Up Blue. Sign up to have your name added to the support list, and to receive a packet of information!
The latest CDC findings suggest 1 in 68 children will have received an autism diagnosis by the age of 8. There are an estimated 2,000,000 people living with Autism in the US, many doing so without the supports they need to live successful and independent lives – this number does not include those diagnosed with Aspergers (a form of Autism), PDD or any other spectrum disorders. For the full CDC report, go here.
If you’re totally on board and looking for ways that you can show your support, look no further and just scroll on down the page!
Ten Easy Ways You Can Light it Up Blue
Here are a few that I support:
2. Get a manicure
|Blue with Puzzle Piece | French Tip |
Blue on Blue Glitter | Marble |
3. Make some pancakes
|Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes @ Girl Makes Food ||
4. Light up your house – You can pick up a blue light bulb at Home Depot – part of the proceeds go towards Autism Speaks and autism research.
|Using LIUB to Explain Autism to Classmates |
Try Defying Gravity | Kevin Lucia |
5. Wear blue (contains affiliate links)
Blue Ruffle Short-Sleeve Top| Stella Mccartney Faux Leather Shoulder Bag |Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace |Taolei Turquoise Tassel & Bead Earrings |Etro paisley print scarf |Miller Sandal|Printed Tech Ponte Skirt |Kimchi Blue Chambray Off-The-Shoulder Romper |Alex and Ani You Complete Me Charm Bangle National Autism Association |
6. Read your child – or yourself – a story (contains affiliate links)
|My Friend with Autism | the Autism Acceptance Book |
Pedro’s Whale |
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew |
7. Make a sweet treat
|Blue Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies | Marshmallow Popcorn |
Swirl Sugar Cookies | Cookie Monster Dessert Bars |
8. Hang a wreath
|Think Different | Puzzle Pieces |
Personalized Yarn Wrapped | Ribbon Wreath |
|Puzzle Cake | Great Ideas for Autism Awareness Month | LIUB Day ||
10. Listen to a songAs you can see, it’s easy to participate, and I hope that you will. It would mean the world to us! If you do, be sure to send pictures of how you Lit it Up Blue, I’d love to see them! If you’d like to read more about our story, go here. For other ideas, and more information on Light it Up Blue or Autism, check out the Autism Speaks website.
James Scott – Through My Eyes (Autism Awareness Song)
Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza sing Fireworks