Autism affects around 1 out of every 68 American children and tens of millions of individuals of various races and religious backgrounds all over the world.
Every year, an organization called Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Awareness day through a campaign known as "Light It Up Blue" The concept is to shine a light on something that deserves positive attention. . Let's light it up blue" across WNY in support of Autism awareness month by wearing blue on Saturday, April 2nd .
The simplest way for families from Catholic elementary and high schools to show your support is to wear blue on Saturday April 2nd.
Buffalo high school students who may be more active on social media, can help World Autism Day go viral by sharing their pledges on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Facebook will offer an option to change your profile picture in support. It's that easy!
Watch as thousands of landmarks, skyscrapers, businesses, houses, schools and homes all around the world unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals & families affected by Autism. You can register a building here.
We couldn't agree more with this statement directly from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"On this World Autism Awareness Day, I call for advancing the rights of individuals with autism and ensuring their full participation and inclusion as valued members of our diverse human family who can contribute to a future of dignity and opportunity for all."
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has convened a committee within its Advisory Council to promote inclusive education. Our Catholic elementary schools around WNY have small class sizes, a structured environment and a level of respect amongst classmates which are all elements of successful inclusion of students on the higher end of the autism spectrum.
Join the public and private schools of Buffalo and Western New York to help "Shine the Light on Autism."
We'd love to show how students and families of the best private schools in WNY help shine the light!