NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 17, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, The Home Depot and Philips have partnered to shine a light on autism during Autism Awareness Month in April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.
The Home Depot will sell three types of blue Philips light bulbs and an Amerelle night light starting March 7, offering people across the United States the opportunity to raise autism awareness throughout Autism Speaks’ annual Light It Up Blue Autism Awareness Month campaign. A portion of each sale will go towards Autism Speaks’ efforts to fund research, advocacy, family services, and awareness for families struggling with autism. In addition, Philips will make a sizable donation to Autism Speaks as part of the program.
“We are grateful to The Home Depot and Philips for raising funds and awareness of autism – a disorder that affects millions individuals and families,” said Alec Elbert, chief strategy and development officer for Autism Speaks. “We encourage everyone, whether they are touched by autism or not, to get their Philips light bulbs at The Home Depot and help us light the world blue throughout Autism Awareness Month in April.”
The incandescent light bulbs retail for $2.97, and $1 from each one purchased, up to $150,000 will benefit Autism Speaks. In addition, Philips blue CFL and blue floodlight bulbs will be available in stores, with $1 from the sale of each benefitting Autism Speaks. The Home Depot arranged for the specially marked Light It Up Blue product to be distributed throughout all of its stores in the United States from March 7 and carried on store shelves for purchase all year long.
Last year, the Light It Up Blue campaign garnered the support of more than 8,400 buildings and landmarks on all seven continents that illuminated in bright blue on the evening of April 2 in an effort to shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. This year’s Light It Up Blue is expected to receive even more support as countless families, communities, businesses and iconic structures join together to support the autism community.
Autism Speaks has a special website, www.autismspeaks.org/liub, to highlight the campaign. The website provides fun ideas and unique tips on how to get involved in Light It Up Blue and a photo gallery of past campaigns. The site also accepts donations to fund autism awareness and research efforts.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
About Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2013, The Home Depot had sales of $78.8 billion and earnings of $5.4 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.