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World Autism Awareness Day

On April 2nd the City of Kamloops will help raise awareness for Autism by lighting up the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre blue.

What is World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue initiative?

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations.

WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.

The Light It Up Blue Campaign sees thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.

To date, over 10, 000 buildings and landmarks around the world have registered with the light it up blue initiative.  Buildings and landmarks that will light it up blue in 2015 include: the Empire State Building, Canada Place in Vancouver, Niagara Falls, London’s Trafalgar Square, the world famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel Tower.

Kamloops is home to strong and committed organizations and individuals who work with those affected by Autism. Groups like the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, Autism Kamloops, and the Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre provide support to people and families through programs and advocacy.

For more information about the Light It Up Blue iniative, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub

For more information about the work being done in Kamloops, please contact:

Wanda Carisse
Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism
(250) 376-6494

Betty-Ann Garreck
Autism Kamloops
(250) 376-5495

Mary-Ellen Everatt
Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre
(250) 371-4100 ext. 201