On April 18, in recognition of his leadership and commitment to the disabilities community, the George H.W. Bush Memorial Statue at Sesquicentennial Park in Houston was illuminated blue as part of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign. In addition, Mayor Annise Parker declared April 2 World Autism Awareness Day in Houston in a proclamation that also recognized the dedication of President George H.W. Bush to the special needs community and for inspiring a nation of volunteerism through his “1,000 Points of Light” initiative.
President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990. It was the nation's first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities. In a letter to President Bush, Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright, who was a member of the original committee for the Points of Light initiative, noted that “this landmark legislation opened up a world of opportunity and equality for people with disabilities across this great country, many of whom are affected by autism.”
“President Bush has been a tremendous champion for the disability community, many of whom are affected by autism. Most significantly, President Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act into law and launched a generation of volunteerism through his 1,000 Points of Light initiative. We are so proud to see the beautiful monument in his honor illuminated in blue during autism awareness month," remarked Autism Speaks President Liz Feld.