World Autism Awareness Day
03/30/2016 by Karen Kern, M.A., CCC-SLP
The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is coming up on April 2nd. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events and Autism Speaks celebrates its international “Light It Up Blue" campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Individuals everywhere wear blue to spread awareness and understanding of autism; celebrate and honor the unique talents and skills of people with autism; and bring attention to the needs of all people with autism.

For ideas provided by Autism Speaks for ways to “Light It Up Blue" on World Autism Awareness Day and throughout the month of April, National Autism Awareness Month, click here.

Local events to check out during the month of April include:
Kids Rocking for a Cause
April 9th, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Bar Anticipation, Lake Como, NJ

Montclair State University Benefit for Autism
April 11th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Montclair State University’s Memorial Auditorium, Upper Montclair, NJ

Open Jump for Autism Awareness
April 14th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Pump it Up Piscataway, Piscataway, NJ

Arcade for Autism
April 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Bev and Wally’s, Keansburg Amusement Park, Keansburg, NJ

Rockin’ for Autism 2016
April 16th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., LaGrande Park, Fanwood, NJ
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