World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), observed on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health priority. Every year on World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Individuals everywhere wear blue in honor of our community.
Light It Up Blue
- Spreads awareness and understanding of autism
- Celebrates and honors the unique talents and skills of people with autism
- Brings attention to the needs of all people with autism
In 2016, people in 157 countries around the world participated in Light It Up Blue. And, as you can see, the results were just staggering.