Motlow College campuses in Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore County and Smyrna will join together in support of World Autism Awareness Day when they each hold a campus walk and reception on Wednesday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m., according to Sonya Hood, director of disability and testing services at Motlow.
The public is invited to participate alongside Motlow students, faculty, staff and administration in the walk and reception at all campuses. The Motlow College Student Government Association sponsors the simultaneous events.
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.
World Autism Awareness Day, celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when autistic individuals are warmly welcomed and embraced in community vents around the globe.
Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.