Every year on April 2 the world observes Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations proposed the day in 2007, and the first Autism Awareness Day was held on April 2, 2008. Today countries all over the recognize the day in various ways. One of the most popular initiatives is the Light It Up Blue campaign which was started by Autism Speaks. Various landmarks all over the world turn blue to help raise awareness. For example, this year the White House, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and the Our Lady of Lebanon statue all turned blue on April 2.
April is also National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. If you would like to help out in some way, visit the the affiliate network page of the organization Autism Society. You will likely find a special event going on this month. This month is also a good time to read a book on autism. Here’s a list of books to check out. If you’d rather learn about autism online, here is a list of blogs you should visit. Donating to an autism organization in April is another way that you can help raise awareness. Regardless of how you participate this month, make sure you encourage your friends and family to get involved as well.