RANDOLPH, NJ- If everything was looking a little more blue than usual today, it may be because April 2 is a day to “Light It Up Blue.” LIUB is a global initiative sponsored by Autism Speaks and marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.  Thousands of buildings, landmarks, hotels, companies, stores and homes will change their lighting to blue to bring attention to Autism.  See how the world is turning blue to create autism awareness.

Autism is a developmental disorder that impacts a person’s ability to communicate and socialize. It is often accompanied by repetitive or ritualized behaviors and debilitating health issues. It is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations and is a growing global health crisis.   According to autismnj.org,New Jersey has one of the highest incidence rates of the disorder and it affects 1 in 45 children in the state.  

It’s easy to get involved in the Light It Up Blue campaign.  Autism Speaks suggests wearing blue, changing porch lights to blue and taking “Light It Up Blue” selfies with a LIUB selfie sign.  Post selfies to social media with the hashtag #LIUB.