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