If you think you are seeing more blue than usual on Tuesday, April 2nd, that’s probably because you are. The world will be recognizing the 6th Annual World Autism Awareness Day, most visibly commemorated by the campaign Light it Up Blue to bring awareness to Autism. Buildings and landmarks, like the Empire State Building, will show their support in increasing awareness about autism by turning blue. Individuals can also show their support by wearing blue and decorating their homes with blue lights. Home Depot partnered with Autism Speaks to sell blue lights, with part of the proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks.
Since 2008, nations and organizations around the world have used April 2nd as a day to bring increased awareness to this pervasive neurological condition that affects children around the world. Below we have included some of the activities available in our area during the month of April designed to appeal to families with children with autism .
If you would like to learn more information about Light It Up Blue or World Autism Awareness Day, please visit Autism Speaks’ website.
- April 6, 2013, Saturday – Sensory-Friendly Movies: The Croods, 2D. On Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:00 am select AMC Theatres will show a sensory friendly version of The Croods. To make family films more accommodating to families with children with autism, the theatres keep their lights up, the sound down, and encourage movie goers to get up, dance, and sing. To find a theatre near you, please click here. Cost:
- April 14, 2013, Sunday – Long Island Special Needs Expo 11 am – 4 pm at the Long Island Huntington Hilton. Find new and different resources, activities and more. Cost: Free Admission. Click here for more information.
- April 27, 2013, Saturday – Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark – Autism Friendly Theatre Initiative Presented by Theatre Development Fund. Cost: $80 for two tickets. Click here for ticket information.
- Ongoing- Brooklyn Children’s Museum Sensory Room. Cost: $9 per person. Click here for more information.