Village 'lights it up blue' for autism awareness

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park will join the "Light it up Blue" campaign on April 2—World Autism Day—to raise awareness about the neurological disorder that affects one in 88 U.S. children.

Village President Anan Abu-Taleb and the village board approved a proclamation at the March 17 board meeting declaring April 2, 2014 World Autism Day in Oak Park.

The proclamation urges residents to use blue light bulbs and filters to promote awareness and show support for those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, which includes autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and Asperger syndrome.

The proclamation also notes that "Autism Speaks, incepted in 2005, has become the nation's largest organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism."

Contact: tim@oakpark.com

The following businesses/areas will be lighting up blue or displaying banners/posters on April 2nd for Autism Awareness:

- Signs Express 
- Tan Travel 
- Divine Consign 
- Trends 
- Animal Care League 
- Second Chance Shop 
- Lemonmade Style and Snips 
- Madison Street Theater
- Center for Autism Research and Related Disorders
- Lake Theater (marquee)
- Oak Park Ave and South Blvd (viaduct will be lit blue)
- Marion St. and South Blvd (viaduct will be lit blue)

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Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: March 19th, 2014 10:51 PM

Here are other ways, like making your Facebook/Twitter profile blue, to participate in this awareness day.... http://liub.autismspeaks.org/how-to-light-it-up-blue

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