Every April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue campaign to bring awareness about autism awareness. Last year over 18,600 iconic structures, buildings, landmarks in over 142 countries around the world light up blue showing support for this growing public health issue. This year, Autism Speaks has partnered up with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat to make this campaign bigger and better. The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Patronas Twin Towers in Malaysia will light it up blue for the very first time. Thousands of buildings and landmarks have gone “blue” year after year, including the Empire State building in New York, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Niagara Falls in Canada, The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Freedom Tower in New York, John Hancock Center in Chicago, and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Bay Area residents can get involved with the Light It Up Blue Campaign in four key ways:
Illuminate: Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or even your website blue to show your support. Wear blue clothing.
Donate: Text to 25383 donate $10 to Autism Speaks* or make a donation on www.autismspeaks.org/liub.
*Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. Must be authorized by account owner. Must be 18 years or older to participate.
Advocate: Take action as we call on President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism.
Social Media: Tweet, blog, Instagram, Facebook: Capture your favorite “Light it Up Blue” pictures and post them on social media networks.