Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021. 5:15 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The month of April is observed globally as Autism Awareness Month, and the community NGO Autism Belize is encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to join in by lighting up the country blue.
The organization is bringing the global “Light it up Blue” campaign to Belize and asking those wishing to participate in the advocacy initiative to light their homes and businesses up with blue lights; an initiative that has been done at famous monuments and buildings around the world such as the Empire State Building in the United States, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Eifel Tower in France and the Taj Mahal in India.
Christy Almeida, founder of Autism Belize explained that the blue lights serve the dual purpose of showing solidarity for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and raising awareness for those who might not be cognizant of the issues surrounding the condition.
“We’re also asking employees, companies, workers, to wear blue on every Friday of the month to show their support. Let’s get the conversation started, as to why you have the blue light up at your house,” Almeida said.
Autism Belize has several events planned for the month of April, starting with an April 1 live presentation by Dr. Byron Ross, Associate Professor in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at the University of Hudson, entitled “So really, what is Autism?” The presentation will be geared towards educating the public on the fundamentals of ASD and address many of the common misconceptions regarding the condition.
Autism Belize’s “Light it up Blue” campaign also officially launches on April 2 to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day. A full calendar of events for Autism Awareness Month can be found at Autism Belize’s website https://autismbelize.org/.
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