This guest post is by Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro, a national speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum. This blog originally appeared on www.kerrymagro.com! This post is on behalf of our Light It Up Blue initative.
In honor of April 2nd, here are 10 reasons you should go blue on World Autism Awareness Day…
10. Over 70 million individuals have autism worldwide and counting.
This year in all our materials we are making it our mission to tell people that we are dedicating this campaign to helping them as much as we can.
9. To help us encourage our legislators to get autism reform in all 50 states.
By lighting it up blue, we can share with our public officials more on autism and by doing so, hopefully leading to more of a push to help our community.
8. To support autism research.
Autism Speaks has been around for 10 years now and with that have given 575 millions dollars toward our mission. We want to help find what causes autism to help individuals with autism progress.
7. To meet new people from our community!
No matter who you know, you will probably find one or two people who will either be wearing blue, posting on their social media about blue or lighting their house blue. When you do this, you open yourself up to engaging with our community in a unique way!
6. The blue lights look amazing!
We have over 12,500 buildings and events that went blue last year. Some of the most iconic landmarks in the world have gone blue and it’s a beautiful sight every year. Even when you go to buy your Phillips light bulbs, and use it at your house it looks just as cool!
5. It’s fun to do!
This year, Autism Speaks has came out with a Light It Up Blue selfie sign where people can tell us where around the world they will be going blue!
4. To show those in our autism community that they’re not alone.
Many a times when I consult for parents with loved ones on the spectrum they can often feel that they are alone or not a part of a community. With Light It Up Blue, even if you’re not personally affected in anyway you can show your support and that there is a light for these individuals to look too.
3. For people like me.
I wish more than anything that Light It Up Blue existed when I was diagnosed with autism at 4. Now, when I see people go blue I see that there’s so much awareness be pushed out there to not only help myself but people like my mentees and friends who know or are personally affected by autism.
2. 500,000 individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade.
When we Light It Up Blue we have the opportunity to share with our community that autism is a lifelong disorder and that our kids are growing up before our eyes.
1. To start a conversation.
At the end of the day more than anything what we hope Light It Up Blue will give us the opportunity to educate the world on autism and help better our community.