Join us as we “Light It Up Blue” on April 2 to Commemorate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month

Local and National Landmarks across the world will “Light It Up Blue” in solidarity

Thursday, March 24, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, landmarks and buildings throughout Virginia Beach will be illuminated in blue, beginning at dusk on Saturday, April 2, to bring awareness to 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 helps raise awareness for the more than 70 million people worldwide living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2015, people in 142 countries and all seven continents participated and more than 18,602 buildings lit up blue to show support for autism. This year’s goal is to reach 20,000 buildings.

Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. issued a proclamation declaring April 2nd Autism Awareness Day in Virginia Beach. “I am pleased that the City of Virginia Beach can support this worthy effort,” he said.  “Autism 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 locations throughout Virginia Beach:

  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (717 General Booth Blvd.)
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center Tower (1000 19th St.)
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave.)
  • Law Enforcement Memorial (35th Street at the Boardwalk)
  • Light Garden at Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park (3740 Dam Neck Road)
  • Wave Sculpture (31st Street - Laskin Road Roundabout) 
  • The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center (4535 Commerce St.)
  • Clark Nexsen Building (Town Center - 4525 Main St.)
  • Tautog’s Restaurant (205 23rd St.)
  • Doc Taylor's Restaurant (207 23rd St.)
  • Atkinson Realty (210 40th St. and 5307 Atlantic Ave.)
  • Entercom Radio, Inc. (236 Clearfield Ave.)
  • Beach Ford (2717 Virginia Beach Blvd.)

Participants will include the City of Virginia Beach, Divaris Real Estate, 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:

  • Illuminate: Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or website to show your support.
  • Wear a blue t-shirt, scarf, tie, etc., and ask your friends, coworkers or classmates to do it too!
  • Post a picture of yourself holding the Light It Up Blue selfie sign on the city’s Facebook or Twitter page and use hashtag #LIUB #LIUBVB #CityofVaBeach.
  • Turn your Facebook or Twitter profile picture blue.

Visit or contact Mark Llobell, Virginia Autism Project, at (757) 572-5412 or for more information.

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