Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Mayor Frank G. Jackson issued a proclamation designating April 2, 2015 as World Autism Awareness Day in Cleveland.

Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to funding research on autism and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, promotes the awareness of autism worldwide. Autism affects the behavioral and brain development of millions of people worldwide, and autism spectrum disorders are increasingly common. As more health professionals become proficient in diagnosing autism, more children are being placed on the autism spectrum, resulting in rates as high as 1 in 88 children nationally and 1 in 50 school-aged children.

In light of the growing impact of autism spectrum disorders and the need for greater awareness, Autism Speaks holds the "Light It Up Blue!' campaign on World Autism Awareness Day, which is designed to increase awareness about autism by asking participating organizations to turn their lights blue.

April 2, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day in Cleveland

Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

April is Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day. 

Photographer: 
William C. Rieter