Friday, April 1, 2011

Light It Up Blue (For Autism)

This is a photo of the light outside of my house. My wife and I are supporters of Autism Speaks. Starting at Midnight tonight, As I am writing this...We are going to burn this light in support of World Autism Awareness Month.

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2. The fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2011. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fund raising and awareness-raising events.

If You recall...On Martin Luther King Day ,I wrote a post about finding the best way to honor him. I said that true human service was the best way. This cause that my wife and I championed is our way of honoring Dr. King. Service to humanity. It didn't just end with King Day or the end of Black History month..It's our human service project. I hope all of my readers out there took me serious and found something to do to better humanity.

If you don't know what Autism is,It is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin in children before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.

It effects two out of every one thousand children born today. Autism Speaks and other Autism advocacy groups are going to use this month to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in all communities.


Sean said...

Good For You Keith, A truly worthy cause!

Sunflower said...

You are to be commended for your dedication to this worthy cause!

Samuel Bastion said...

I second what Sunflower wrote, She took the words out of my mouth!

Captain Jack said...

Once again, you are walking the walk and talking the talk...okayyyy!
Givin it to da people!


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