Autism Awareness Month 2015 had a huge impact on the global understanding of autism. This was due in large part to the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign which lit up thousands of iconic landmarks and homes around the world blue in honor of autism awareness. View 10 iconic structures that went blue this year here. Below is a recap of #LIUB in April.
Also on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, Autism Speaks co-hosted a United Nations panel –“Science, Collaboration and Answers for the Global Autism Community” – with the countries of Qatar and Bangladesh. Co-sponsors included the Permanent UN Missions of India, Nigeria and the Republic of Korea. Read more.
World Autism Awareness Day kicked off with a Today Show appearance by our incredible parterns at Alpha Xi Delta! Our co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright appeared on various media outlets to promote Light It Up Blue. Autism Speaks even rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Watch them here.
In Los Angeles, Rock royalty and Hollywood celebrities joined forces with autism advocates and musicians on the spectrum to raise awareness and much needed funds at the sold-out Light Up The Blues concert to benefit Autism Speaks. Concert host Stephen Stills teamed up with former bandmate and rock legend Neil Young to headline the event at Hollywood's famed Pantages Theater. Shawn Colvin, The White Buffalo, Steve Earle and Chris Stills rounded out the lineup.
The night also featured performances three artists with autism -- Spencer Harte featuring Petra Haden, Nick Guzman and Matt Savage -- as well as a speech by Neal Katz, a young man with autism who communicates through speech-to-text technology via an iPad. Each performer brought the crowd of nearly 3000 to their feet.
It was a night of amazing performances and some surprises. While emcee Jack Black was auctioning off a signed Fender guitar, the top bidder was none other than Brad Pitt. Brad had a bruise on his face from a fall piror to the event but that didn't stop him from supporting the cause.
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To cap off Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks launched a jobs portal for adults with autism. The website includes great tools for creating mulitimedia resumes and brings together job seekers, employers and service providers to help employ the autism community and make the work enviornment more accomodating. Visit the portal here.