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50 shades of BLUE

on March 14, 2015

IMG_0210World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis.

On World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international Light It Up Blue Campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.

We’re talking the Eiffel Tower in France. The leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. The Sydney Opera House. The Empire State Building in New York. On April 2nd every year, they are all very specially adorned with a fantastic display of blue lights shining up and down gloriously to bring Autism awareness.

So, what can you do? Pick a lamp, or – even better – a porch light, and put in a blue bulb (you can get ‘em for about $1.29 at a local store). How does putting a blue light on your doorstep increase autism awareness?  I’m so glad you asked that question ;).

Just by putting a blue light bulb into the lamp on your porch, you are affecting someone, somewhere. Why? Because someone is going to be out there asking themselves “Why is that porch light blue?”  Or maybe it’s more like “What are those weirdos doing in March with the funky Halloween lighting?”  Either way, someone is asking a question.

One person asks a question; they are seeking an answer. Once an answer is given, the information gets passed on so others can reap the fruit of such knowledge (or, you know, because we like to gossip).  Because doesn’t everyone need to know that Bob and Sue’s porch light is blue for a great cause?

Let’s look at the numbers…Simply put, if all 50 states decided to “Light it Up Blue” for a night, and if only *ONE* person asked that ONE question in every ONE state, we’d have 50 people who are more aware of Autism. Can you imagine the possibilities? How many people drive by your home in a week?

Let’s do ONE better…let’s see if WE can get 50 people to “Light it up BLUE” this year on April 2 just from reading this post. Ready? GO!


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