I have been stewing for days, weeks even, about how I could ever compose a moving, eloquent, and passionate blog post urging everyone I know and even those that I don’t know, to Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. I can’t. (But see examples of such posts linked below). Today I have finally realized that the specific words don’t matter. What matters is to just get the word out there. They may not be pretty words or stated in the exact best way but I am putting them out there.
LIGHT IT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS!
There! Done! That being said, now I am asking a favor. If you are reading this post, I am talking to YOU! I am asking that you go out and get yourself a blue light bulb for your porch or any outdoor light and “Light It Up Blue” April 1st and 2nd to kick off World Autism Awareness Month. That’s it. That is what I am asking. Home Depot has even made displays to easily find these blue bulbs! (And for those of you with a “green” conscience, they come in fluorescents, also known as CFL’s, too!).
For weeks my fellow mommy-bloggers have been publishing blog posts, writing letters, and organizing activities to spread the word about “Lighting It Up Blue” for Autism awareness. They are amazing writers and advocates not only their own children but for all of our children on the Autism Spectrum. As usual, I am “tardy to the party” and now just trying to hitch a ride on their coattails.
If you read nothing more on this topic I implore you to do just two more simple things: click here and read this! This is a letter to the President. Our President. Yep, at the White House. It was composed by a most amazing woman, Jess at A Diary of a Mom. So, that is step #1. Now, step #2 is to continue to read the cries and pleas of others out there in the comments section of that letter and to post a comment yourself! It’s easy! I did it: comment #56. Yours’ doesn’t have to be long. It can be just 4 words, “Light it up blue!“. Word on the autism street has it that this letter and comments is making its way all the way to the West Wing!
I hope at this point you are continuing to read this post. In case you are interested, here are a few more beautiful messages written by some of my favorite mommy-bloggers about Autism and Lighting it up Blue:
Aimee’s A Call to Arms at Red Shoes, Autism Blues. Kary at KOAutism regarding April 2nd and Mom-NOS with Don’t It Make My White House Blue. And last but certainly not least, my hilarious, wonderful, brilliant friend, Kara, with A Message and Around The Stretch.
So, if you know our Rabinowitz tribe personally, please light it up blue for Henry! Help us spread the word of awareness! If you don’t know our tribe, with 1 in 110 children (1 in 70 boys) on the Autism Spectrum, chances are you know someone affected by Autism! If you are hesitating about turning on the blue light bulb for fear of the questions your neighbors may ask, here are some things you can tell them:
*April 1st kicks off World Autism Awareness month and the Autism community is encouraging everyone to change their porch lights to a blue bulb April 1st and 2nd.
*What is Autism? Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). This includes Autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger’s.
*Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.
Any chance you get to spread the word about Autism, whether it be Lighting It Up Blue or simply sharing one of the above links, this blog post, or to share one of many links that come through Facebook, it would be greatly appreciated by the Rabinowitz tribe and the Autism Community as a whole.
In April we’ve got a Blue Light Special on Autism Awareness! It’s cheap, it’s easy! Light it up blue to help spread awareness!