Join us as we “Light It Up Blue” on Monday, 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

Friday, March 30, 2018

​For the sixth year in a row, landmarks and buildings throughout Virginia Beach will be illuminated in blue, beginning at dusk on Monday, 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 once again support this worthy effort," he said.  About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.  "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) 

  • Municipal Center - Bldg. 30

  • Atkinson Realty - 5307 Atlantic Avenue

  • Atkinson Realty - 932 Laskin Road

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:  

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

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