Office of the Mayor - April 1, 2014
City Hall to Participate in “Light It Up Blue” Campaign to Support World Autism Awareness Day
City Hall will be among the Winston-Salem landmarks illuminated with blue light the evening of Wednesday, April 2, to observe World Autism Awareness Day.
Also participating in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign are the R.J. Reynolds Building, the Millennium Center, the Krispy Kreme corporate offices at 370 Knollwood St. and ABC of NC Child Development Center at 3904 Old Vineyard Road.
They will be among more than 8,400 buildings and landmarks in 1,300 cities around the world that are participating in this global campaign to raise awareness of autism, including the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, according to the autism advocacy group Autism Speaks.
Mayor Allen Joines asked that City Hall participate in the campaign. “Just last week the Centers for Disease Control reported that one in 68 American children are diagnosed with autism,” Joines said. “This is a condition that affects hundreds, if not thousands, of children and their families in Winston-Salem.”
Citizens can learn more about autism and the Light It Up Blue campaign at www.autismspeaks.org/LIUB.