Tarleton’s smokestack to ‘Light It Up Blue’ on World Autism Awareness Day


STEPHENVILLE (March 27, 2015) — Tarleton State University’s beloved campus smokestack will join landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House and the Giza Pyramids being bathed in blue light on April 2, as part of World Autism Awareness Day.

Light It Up Blue, an annual effort promoted worldwide by Autism Speaks, serves to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Tarleton will once again illuminate its smokestack this year to signify the importance of increasing knowledge of autism and to raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations, which adopted a resolution in 2007 to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day each year on April 2.

Last year, 300 colleges and universities participated in World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue, as did the crew of the International Space Station and thousands of public buildings, private businesses and homes in an effort to honor the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.

Just before sunset on Thursday, April 2, the Tarleton smokestack’s usual white night lighting will go blue. Students and the public are encouraged to photograph the bathed-in-blue smokestack or take “selfies” with the Tarleton landmark and share their images on social media using the hashtag #LIUB to participate in the global autism awareness movement.

To learn more about Autism Speak and Light It Up Blue, visit www.autismspeaks.org/liub.

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