By Mollie Higgins
For Unwind magazine
The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day took place on April 2 with different autism organizations and people around the world celebrating the day.
“Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities around the world to ‘light blue’ in support of people living with autism,” according to the Autism Speaks website.
Niagara Falls, The Panama Canal, Madison Square Garden, The Sagrada Familia, and many other famous buildings and landmarks all around the world participated in Light It Up Blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.
This year, Alpha Xi Delta, whose national philanthropy is Autism Speaks, the sorority at the University of Maryland also joined in ‘Lighting It Up Blue’ to help raise awareness.
“I think it’s good for people to be able to see blue for Autism that day to create awareness so people can realize how prevalent it is in everyday life,” said Lauren Zinsky, sophomore business major and philanthropy chair for Alpha Xi Delta.
Alpha Xi Delta isn’t the only organization that supports Autism awareness at the University of Maryland. Kappa Lambda Xi and the Autism Speaks U club both lit it up blue in support of raising awareness.
These organizations fundraised and collectively raised campus awareness on World Autism Awareness Day through different platforms. By wearing blue on April 2 or posting different things on social media, these three organizations all did their part in celebrating this day.
The mission behind World Autism Awareness Day is to celebrate a day through fundraising for and awareness-raising events, according to the Autism Speaks website.
While fundraising and awareness raising are a big aspect of World Autism Awareness Day, ‘Light It Up Blue’ is commonly seen all across social media.
This April share the hashtag #LIUB on your social media to share your experience and help raise awareness in the hopes of lighting the world up blue!