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Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

  Posted on: April 1, 2016

Light It Up Blue

Screen capture from website promoting the annual Light It Up Blue campaign in support of autism awareness.

The exterior lights of the renovated part of Old Main will shine blue on April 2 in support of the autism awareness campaign Light It Up Blue. What follows is a City of Kamloops news release.

City of Kamloops news release

On Saturday April 2, the City of Kamloops will help raise awareness for autism by lighting up blue the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre.

What is World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue Initiative?

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2 was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations.

WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.

Learn more about the worldwide campaign

The Light It Up Blue Campaign sees iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families worldwide impacted by autism.

To date, more than 10,000 buildings and landmarks around the world have registered with the Light It Up Blue initiative. Buildings and landmarks lighting it up blue in 2015 included: the Empire State Building, Canada Place in Vancouver, Niagara Falls, London’s Trafalgar Square, the world-famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel Tower.

Kamloops is home to strong and committed organizations and individuals who work with those impacted by autism.

The Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, Autism Kamloops, People In Motion, Canucks Autism Network, and the Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre provide support to people and families through programs and advocacy.

Media Contacts

Wanda Carisse
Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism
(250) 376-6494

Betty-Ann Garreck
Autism Kamloops
(250) 376-5495

Mary-Ellen Everatt
Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre
(250) 371-4100 ext. 201

Heather Brandon
People In Motion
(250) 376-7878

Stephanie Jull
Canucks Autism Network
(604) 685-4049 x 225


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