Light It Up Blue
We’ve asked those in our community to simply change their white light bulbs to blue on April 2. We’re Lighting It Up Blue on April 2, and if you’d like to join us, it’s as simple as that!
Autism Speaks Blue Bulbs are available for $1.99 at Home Depot!
HCS is partnering with thousands of businesses and organizations to Light It Up Blue on April 2 as a global initiative to raise autism awareness. 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. In 2012, more than 3000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries on six continents turned their lights blue in commemoration of World Autism Awareness!
More ways to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2:
- Wear blue
- Wear Light It Up Blue t-shirts
- Wear other merchandise from Autism Speaks
- On your mobile phone, text AUTISM to 25383 to donate $10 to Autism Speaks
- Organize a fundraiser, donating proceeds to Autism Speaks
- Donate a percentage of your sales on April 2 to Autism Speaks
- Change your profile photo on April 2 or for an extended period of time to our partnership logo (click on the image to the right and save)
Don’t limit yourself to our list…get creative! Find out more about Light It Up Blue by visiting www.LightItUpBlue.org or by clicking the banner above.
Call or email HCS Communications with questions and/or to let us know that you’re participating!
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children; one in 54 boys in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
HCS Autism Services
HCS has worked to set the standard for development of services specific to those on the Autism Spectrum. Sensory issues, communication deficits/language acquisition, social development, and parent inclusion/education are all elements of services that have been incorporated in Outpatient Services.
Through play therapy and play therapy group services, individuals who are diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum are provided an opportunity to interact and “play” (the “work” of children) with peers in an environment where they learn to set and respect personal boundaries, engage in play with others, and manage their own emotional, social, physical, and sensory needs. Parent education and support services are also provided for those dealing with new diagnoses, as well as through collaboration with the Southwest Virginia Autism Action Group, a partnership service with Commonwealth Autism Association.