2 April 2017
LIGHT IT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM TODAY!
TODAY, Autism SA along with the international Autism community celebrate Light It Up Blue, in recognition of the UN sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd).
People and organisations across the world including the White House will embrace “Light it Up Blue”, in support of people living with autism and encouraging greater inclusion, including Autism SA who have partnered with some of Adelaide’s most iconic buildings.
The Adelaide Town Hall, Entertainment Centre, Convention Centre, and SA Power Networks Head Office among others, will turn brilliant blue this Sunday night (April 2).
Autism SA currently has more than 11,000 South Australians of all ages registered with them. Interim CEO Jenny Karavolos explains it is imperative that the local community continues to increase their awareness, understanding, and acceptance to realise the enormous potential, contribution and talents of people with autism.
“Autism affects 1% of the population globally and data specifically for South Australia indicates an annual growth of 9%. The prevalence has been identified as high as 1 in 29 boys aged 10 years, as supported by Autism SA’s verified diagnosis. With such prevalence it is highly likely that most people know someone that is living with autism. It is important that society embraces the belief that each person with autism is valued and provide genuine opportunities for inclusion in school, work and the community to improve the social and economic contribution of people living with Autism” adds Jenny.
Throughout Autism Awareness Month Autism SA will host a number of events including the Autism Series Conference, and a sensory LEGO event over the Easter long weekend in conjunction with brick-a-laide. Autism SA has also negotiated a number of give ways and for the provision of free recreational experiences during the month of April as part of its Autism Friendly Charter initiative.
To learn more about Autism SA, services and support, as well as all activities on offer throughout the month of April visit autismsa.org.au.
Interview with Autism SA Interim CEO Jenny Karavolos as well as brilliant photography and vision opportunity of Adelaide Town Hall, Entertainment Centre, Convention Centre turning brilliant blue in support of Autism SA is available for one night only - TONIGHT Sunday night (April 2) after dark.
Donna-Jayne Samofal (Donna-Jayne, PR with Heart)
0407 774 795
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