Autism affects 1: 100 children born in the US today.   Autism Speaks is asking the autism community to help bring awareness to autism using the power of online media.

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.

Autism speaks is aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness.

What you can do to Light It Up Blue

  • Wear blue clothing or your Autism Speaks puzzle piece, and encourage your coworkers to do the same. Sign Up
  • Light your house up blue by putting blue light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures. Sign Up
  • Raise awareness for Autism online or spread the word about Light It Up Blue.

Here are some ways that you help help to raise online awareness about autism

Add our logo to your email signature and use blue font throughout April

As the parent of  a child with autism, I  hope that you will join me and consider taking some of these actions.

Owen Saunders and ten of his classmates recorded a song for Autism Speaks urging the world to Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day. Watch and enjoy!