Landmark buildings throughout Virginia Beach will be illuminated in blue beginning at dusk on Wednesday, April 2, to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month. Sponsored by Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, the Light it up Blue campaign in 2013 united nearly 8,400 iconic buildings and landmarks in more than 1,335 U.S. cities and in 191 countries on seven continents around the world. The purpose is to generate awareness of autism as a growing public health crisis worldwide.
Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. has issued a proclamation declaring April 2 Autism Awareness Day in Virginia Beach. “I am pleased that the City of Virginia Beach can support this worthy effort,” he said. “Austism Spectrum Disorder affects more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Those are astounding numbers and we’ve got to do everything we can to address this problem.”
On April 2, blue lighting will be turned on simultaneously at the following buildings in Virginia Beach:
Convention Center Tower (1000 19th St.)
Virginia Aquarium (717 General Booth Blvd.)
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave.)
· The Oceanaire Resort Hotel (3421 Atlantic Ave.)
· Law Enforcement Memorial (35th Street at the Boardwalk)
· Sculpture at Princess Anne Commons (corner of Princess Anne Road and Dam Neck Road)
· Armada Hoffler Tower (222 Central Park Ave., Town Center
· The Wave Sculpture (Laskin Road roundabout)
Participants will include the City of Virginia Beach, Armada Hoffler, Divaris Real Estate, Gold Key/PHR, the Leadership Virginia Autism Project, Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater, the Autism Society of America Tidewater Chapter and Autism Speaks.
Throughout the month of April, Virginia Beach area residents can lend their additional support by getting involved in four key ways:
- Visit www.lightitupblue.org for more fun and creative ways that you can support your neighbors and friends.