Light It Up Blue takes place in Austin for autism

April 2, 2013 by  

Local businesses in Austin, Texas took part in ‘Light It Up Blue’ yesterday (April 2) to raise awareness of autism.

The sky in Austin was an even deeper shade of blue that day, as many companies joined in for World Autism Awareness Day. The initiative has been launched in conjunction with Autism Speaks, with hotels, museums, concert halls, sporting venues, and more all lighting up for autism.

Many of the most iconic buildings around the world joined in to help make people aware of autism, which is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Previous years have seen buildings like the Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House light up for the awareness day.

One Austin business that joins in the awareness day is HomeAway, with 1,200 employees throughout the world, many of which have family members living with the disorder. Steve Koon is an employee with HomeAway and has an 11-year-old son with autism. He recognizes the importance of making people aware of autism and how important it is to obtain a diagnosis as early as possible.

Koon also points out that there are many signs of autism, all varying in degrees of severity. To support the awareness day, local print companies may be involved in stationery printing to produce literature with information for the general public. Light It Up Blue continues to offer support to those who have autism or a family member with autism, long after the lights have been turned out.