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City Hall Will Display Blue Lights for Autism Awareness Month

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2014

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Woolery, Health Projects Manager, City of Bloomington Community and Family

Resources Department, 349.3851

City Hall Will Display Blue Lights for Autism Awareness Month


Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington will display blue lights on the City Hall Showers Building April 2 in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. The lights will coincide with national organization Autism Speaks' "Light It Up Blue" ceremony held throughout the international autism community.

Preceding the event on April 1, the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department is sponsoring an autism program from 4 to 6 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. A panel of experts on autism, including a person with autism, will provide valuable information on autism diagnosis, education and treatment. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.

"Light It Up Blue" is a unique, global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to "Light It Up Blue". More information on this event can be found at http://www.LightItUpBlue.org.

Additionally, World Autism Awareness Day celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day. More information on this day can be found on their website.

For more information regarding the lighting or the autism program, please contact Health Projects Manager Nancy Woolery at 349.3851. To find out more about the organization Autism Speaks, visit the website.

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