Each year on World Autism Awareness Day, people around the globe Light It Up Blue in order to foster international awareness of autism. For over ten years, iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and Willis Tower have been lit up bright blue in support of the autism community.

The event was created by Autism Speaks, an organization that aims to change the future for those who struggle with autism disorders by funding biomedical research, as well as raising public awareness about autism and its effects. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children. Light It Up Blue is a fun and easy way to encourage awareness and support.

The 2018 Columbia Light It Up Blue event will be held on April 2nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Boone County Courthouse Plaza. Stop by for food trucks, prizes, and activities for the whole family. Members of the community are encouraged to wear blue on April 2nd and organize events for schools and businesses throughout World Autism Month.

Any SHP faculty, staff or student interested in volunteering at the Columbia event on April 2, can e-mail Zach Lawhorn, Lawhornz@health.missouri.edu, for details about volunteer opportunities.