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Elected Officials Light It Up Blue for World Autism Month!

April 24, 2018

Public officials at the local, state, and federal level have been "Lighting It Up Blue" throughout April to increase awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks appreciates the support of every "Light It Up Blue" champion who has celebrated World Autism Month and looks forward to working with these government leaders to pursue policy solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

A few highlights from World Autism Month include:

President Trump declared April 2nd, 2018 World Autism Awareness Day in recognition of all children and adults with autism, and for the second year in a row, the White House lit blue in support. Vice President Mike Pence also joined other elected officials in demonstrating support of increased understanding of autism by meeting with autism advocates throughout the month.

 

US Senator Bob Menendez marked Autism Awareness Month by touring Newark, New Jersey's New Adult Center for Autism where he discussed efforts to secure additional federal resources for programs that assist those with autism.

US Senator Patrick Roberts of Kansas and his staff gathered together to support their friends and loved ones with autism.

US Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) met with Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador, Felisha Bass to discuss the challenges facing families and children with special needs.

Governor Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Phil Scott of Vermont, Governor John Kasich of Ohio, Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, among many others proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month. Governor David Ige of Hawaii raised awareness by lighting the Aloha Tower blue while Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland lit their Government House blue.

Additionally, Idaho constituents joined with Lt. Governor Brad Little to not only witness his proclamation signing of Autism Awareness Month but also celebrate the announcement of meaningful insurance coverage for individuals with autism in Idaho.

Wisconsin advocates gathered with State Senator Roger Roth and State Representative Dave Murphy to celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison.

Wisconsin advocates gathered with State Senator Roger Roth and State Representative Dave Murphy to celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison.