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What is World Autism Month?
Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place throughout the month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.

What is Light It Up Blue?
The Light It Up Blue initiative was created by Autism Speaks in 2010. Since that time, joined by the international autism community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world light blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) in recognition of people living with autism. In 2017, 170 countries from all 7 continents participated.

Can I use the Autism Speaks World Autism Month marks for my event/fundraiser?
Yes. Logos may be downloaded from the resources page and used for informational or educational purposes during World Autism Month. All uses of the World Autism Month logo must comply with the following Terms of Use:

  • The logo must remain intact. You may not change or add anything to it.
  • You may not place the logo on any product or use for selling purposes
  • In the US, any fundraising activity utilizing the World Autism Month marks (or any Autism Speaks marks) must have the authorization of Autism Speaks by registering their event here. An Autism Speaks representative will contact you directly to review our donation guidelines.

Where can I get the World Autism Month logo?

  • Permitted logos are available on the Resources page. Please abide by the Terms of Use above.

Can my charity participate in Light It Up Blue activities? Can we raise funds for autism-related resources?
Yes. Your charity may plan and execute fundraising activities to support autism resources and may use the Autism Speaks World Autism Month marks in their entirety (no modification is permitted). Please note that US-based charities must comply with terms of use above.

Offline donations can be mailed to the following address. Please include the offline donation form with your check, made payable to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks
Attn: WAM Donation
1060 State Road, 2nd floor
Princeton, NJ 08540

Can I create my own fundraising event?
You are welcome to create your own fundraising event to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism! Simply fill out a partner request form and an Autism Speaks representative will contact you to provide assistance.

Offline donations can be mailed to the following address. Please include the offline donation form with your check made payable to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks
Attn: WAM Donation
1060 State Road, 2nd floor
Princeton, NJ 08540

What if I want to have a Facebook fundraiser?
That's a great idea! And easy too! Here's how:

  • Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your Facebook Page News Feed
  • Click Raise Money
  • Select Autism Speaks as your Nonprofit/Charity
  • Select a charitable organization, choose a cover photo and fill in the fundraiser details
  • Click Create

Where can I get items to show my support by wearing blue?
Please visit the Autism Speaks eStore to purchase t-shirts, bracelets, pins, yard signs, and other promotional products to shine a light on autism. Printed materials such as posters, flyers and brochures can be downloaded for free from the Resources page.

How can I light my home blue?
You can purchase Phillips Autism Speaks blue light bulbs at Home Depot stores or visit www.homedepot.com and search "Autism Speaks Lights".

I want to light my commercial building or public structure blue. What resources are available?
Visit www.rosco.com/LIUB for information on commercial lighting options. 

How can I share my Light It Up Blue photos online?
Download our Selfie Sign to use and show your support for people with autism. Then share photos by posting them with the hashtag #LightItUpBlue to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram.

How can I get a receipt for my online donation?
All online donations are acknowledged at the time of donation and through email confirmation. We recommend that donors print out their acknowledgement or save the email for tax purposes.

Additional Questions?
Email us at liub@autismspeaks.org