Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Participate in Autism Speaks' "Autism Kindness Acts"

Autism Speaks is promoting “Autism Kindness Acts” by asking people to do something kind for a person with autism or their family.  
The smallest act can go a long way in brightening up the day for 
an individual with autism and his or her family.

Tell us about your Acts of Kindness and Inspire the Global Autism Community 
Here are some actions you can take to light up someone’s day or support your local autism community:

1. Offer to tutor an individual on the autism spectrum that is seeking help in school

2. Offer an hour of babysitting or respite to a family caring for someone with autism

3. If you run a business consider organizing an autism awareness day 

4. If you run a movie theater or music venue, consider organizing a “quiet” event or activity to welcome individuals with sensory sensitivity

5. Donate gently used books or toys to a special needs classroom

6. Volunteer at a special needs school near you

7. Donate your used or unwanted smartphone or touchscreen device to an individual with autism, equipped with games and apps that he or she likes

8. Share the kindness: Give a Blue light bulb to a friend or neighbor.

9. Volunteer at a local group home

10. Share your self-advocacy story with the world

Autism Speaks Light It Up BlueAutism Speaks wants to hear from you! Go to the World Autism Awareness Day Facebook page and share how you lit up someone’s day. They know that the stories you share will inspire people around the world to do the same. Pictures are highly encouraged. Keep them coming, you could be the next feature on the Autism Kindness Acts Page!  Check out Autism Kindness Acts from around the globe here!

Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. 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.

Wendy wore blue on April 2, 2014, for World Autism Day. Did you?

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