The first Monday of the month is normally reserved for my Foodland Ontario post, but this month is an exception. Today is World Autism Awareness Day a day to shine a light on Autism…a blue light.
I’m a mom and a blogger and I am in no way an expert. However, I have met many moms online and in the “real” world who have children on the Autism Spectrum. These moms have faced some difficult challenges, have advocated for their children and are hopeful for their children’s futures. A diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) has dramatically changed over the years. Thanks to continued education and awareness there are many programs and workshops available for parents and kids. Is it enough, nope.
April is Autism Awareness month and the month is kicked off with World Autism Awareness Day. Around the world people will be wearing blue to show their support for those living with Autism. The Light it Up Blue campaign has led to numerous symbolic building in major cities across the world being lit up blue. The CN Tower in Toronto will be blue tonight. As will the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer, the Sydney Opera House and more.
Here are a few resources if you have any further questions, or are seeking more information on Autism…
Light It Up Blue.org
I know that we’ll be wearing blue and watching the CN Tower washed in blue light tonight. These events are a great way to introduce a conversation with your children. Whether it’s environmental issues, cancer, schizophrenia or autism, awareness events are a fantastic jumping off point for education. Follow this link to the blog Toddler Approved, where they discuss the book “All About My Brother.” This book, and books like it, are amazing tools to use to communicate with your children.
We’ll be watching the CN Tower washed in blue tonight. Will a building be lit up in your city? We’d love to hear about it.