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Science Weighs In: Autism Awareness Month Has a Huge Positive Impact

Researchers note big uptick in web searches on autism each April; biggest increases since launch of World Autism Awareness Day
June 27, 2014

Each April, World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue bring blue puzzle pins and lights to communities and TV screens around the world. But does Autism Awareness Month actually increase awareness of autism spectrum disorder?

Lighting It Up Blue One Step at a Time

April 29, 2014

This is a post by Stephen Griffin.  He and his wife Kimberly have three teenagers – Sydney, Matthew and Noah and live in Madisonville, Louisiana.  Matthew was diagnosed 15 years ago with severe autism and still is not verbal - but that has never slowed their family down.

Obama Issues World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation

April 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2014) -- President Barack Obama today issued a White House proclamation recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, noting that Americans with autism are "an essential thread in the diverse tapestry of our Nation."

Obama cited the Affordable Care Act which prevents insurers from denying coverage to people because they have autism and requires preventive childhood screenings to detect autism at no out-of-pocket cost to parents.

Autism Speaks Kicks Off World Autism Awareness Month

States across the country Light It Up Blue

April 02, 2014

Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2014) – In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks launched its fifth annual Light It Up Blue campaign today, turning iconic landmarks, state capitals and homes across the country blue for the month of April.  Beginning with the Empire State Building this afternoon, the Light It Up Blue campaign will call worldwide attention for greater autism awareness.