Join us as we "Light It Up Blue" on Sunday, 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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

​VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — March 29, 2017 - For the fifth year in a row, landmarks and buildings throughout Virginia Beach will be illuminated in blue, beginning at dusk on Sunday, 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). 

Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. said, "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.)
  •  Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium
  • 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)  
  • Tautog's Restaurant (205 23rd St.)
  • Doc Taylor's Restaurant (207 23rd St.)
  • Atkinson Realty (210 40th St.)
  • Beach Ford (2717 Virginia Beach Blvd.) 

Participants will include the City of Virginia Beach, 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, and school, place of worship or website to show your support.
  • Wear a blue t-shirt, scarf, tie, etc., and make sure your friends, coworkers or classmates do, too!

Visit for more fun and creative ways that you can support your neighbors and friends.

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