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Autism Speaks advocates “Light It Up Blue” to celebrate ADA

March raises awareness and understanding for those with autism
July 27, 2016

Washington, DC (July 27, 2016) - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has improved the lives of millions of Americans, including many with autism, by prohibiting discrimination in employment, education and other public accommodations. Autism Speaks advocates marched to honor the 26th anniversary of the ADA in Washington DC’s Lafayette Park near the White House.

Autism Speaks advocates gathered just before sunset illuminated in blue lights to “Light It Up Blue” as part the ongoing campaign to shine a bright light on the need to implement policies that improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism.

“Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright has been shining a light on autism in buildings and capitals around the world raise awareness of the needs of the autism community and acceptance of individuals with ASD.  As we celebrate this important anniversary of the ADA, it is also an opportunity to honor Suzanne’s vision through Light It Up Blue by shining another light in Washington DC,” said Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks. 

Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign began in 2007 to coinciding with the adoption of World Autism Awareness day by the United Nations. Every year 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.