On the night of April 1, prominent buildings across North America and the world including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada will be lit up blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Friday, April 2.

And we’re aiming to light the world blue, too – city by city, town by town – by taking action to raise awareness about autism in our communities.

Other things you can do to Light It Up Blue

• Wear your Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin every day throughout the month of April, and tell people about autism if they ask about it.

• Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo and tag at least 10 of your friends.

• Post on your blog about how you are “lighting it up blue” to raise autism awareness.

• Add the Light It Up Blue logo to your e-mail signature … and type your e-mails in blue!

• On April 2 wear blue clothing and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our Flickr gallery.

• Bake puzzle piece shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness.

• Blue yourself on your favorite social networks or download logos, banners, and posters to put on your own site.

Host and Event
Update your status on Facebook
Tweet Autism facts
Tell us how you light it up blue

Set your Facebook Profile picture as the Light it Up Blue logo

  1. Right click on one of these two pictures, click “save image as,” and save it to your desktop.
  2. Log into Facebook and go to your Profile.
  3. Put your mouse cursor over your current profile picture and click “Change Picture.”
  4. Click on “Upload a new picture.”
  5. Select the image from your computer.
  6. Write a note about why you changed your profile picture (feel free to refer to our sample below) and click “publish.”Facebook status example: April 2nd is Autism Awareness day. Shine a light on Autism Spectrum Disorders by changing your profile picture! http://www.lightitupblue.org

Raise Awareness with a Light it Up Blue Banner

Copy the code below to embed a Light it Up Blue Banner on your personal website or blog.