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.
All around the world in cities like New York, Dubai and Sydney, Australia; major national landmarks and businesses have been lite up as a sign of celebration for World Autism Awareness Day. Today is also a chance for everyone to share the knowledge of Autism (ASD) and the need for a better understanding and appreciation for individuals with these conditions.
What is Autism or ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors… ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Autism and how much of an impact it can have on a family or community.
It was just this past October, 2013 that a 14-year old, New York city resident, Avonte Oquendo ran off from a group of classmates and disappeared. On a cold October day the autistic teen left his school building undetected and was reported missing for hours as police, school officials and community members searched for him. Nearly 4 months later (in mid-January), Avonte’s remains were found washed up on the shoreline.
It unfortunately takes stories like Avonte Oquendo’s for us to realize the importance of sharing information. Awareness and education make all the difference. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit AutismSpeaks.org for more ways to help empower more people by simply making them aware.