WASHINGTON, DC (April 29, 2014) -- Friends, families and supporters of Autism Speaks toured the White House Friday at the invitation of the Obama administration to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.
The White House guests were given the opportunity to visit a number of the historic rooms, including the “Blue Room” to celebrate Light It Up Blue. In addition to the tour, each participant was presented with a copy of President Obama's 2014 proclamation for World Autism Awareness Day.
"We're thrilled and grateful that families affected by autism were welcomed to the White House and proud to close out an exciting month at the nation's capital," said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld.
[slideshow:2, order=top, width=585, height=470, img=|/sites/default/files/images/white-house-whole-group.jpg|||Our families\, volunteers and supporters stop for a quick snapshot in front of the White House ||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/marla-and-jack-proclamations.jpg|||Marla Garchik and Jack Garchik proudly hold their World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/photo-8-white-house-visit.jpg|||The whole group awaiting the tour||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/lindsays.jpg|||The Lindsay family full of smiles before the big tour||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/parvizians.jpg||| Allen Parvizian and wife Goli outside the entrance gate||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/shante-2-white-house-visit.jpg|||Shante\, her husband and son Dylan wave outside the White House||]