THANK YOU for Lighting It Up Blue™ in April!

Every year, the month of April is World Autism Awareness Month, an annual event celebrated world-wide to promote autism awareness.

And every year, Cape Abilities and Light It Up Blue™   celebrate Autism Awareness Month on Cape Cod to show support for those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to bring awareness to the valuable role these exceptional individuals play in our community.

Light It Up Blue™ is a unique global initiative that kicks off World Autism Awareness Month on April 2nd.  In honor of this historic day, Cape Abilities, town municipalities,  and many Cape businesses, fire and police departments, local chambers, and schools display blue lights all month long to show support for and help bring awareness to the growing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Autism.

We are very grateful to the entire Cape Cod community who will join us in participating in the Light It Up Blue™ campaign!

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What is autism spectrum disorder?

autism familyAutism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions and social communication and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.  It affects the development of the brain, causing difficulty with behavior, communication, learning, and social interaction.

Autism spectrum disorders have increased dramatically in recent years; the latest Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism every year in the United States.

What is being done to address and assist these growing numbers?

To help meet the critical and urgent need for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) to assist those with ASD improve both social and communication skills, Cape Abilities is proud to continue its partnership with Endicott College by hosting class training and offering curriculum programs that will produce more BCBA’s right here on Cape Cod.

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This year, Cape Abilities teamed with the community partners like F.O.R.W.A.R.D. (Friends Or Relatives With Autism and Related Disabilities) to present two life-saving training events!

Our free ALEC Training Program, “Safety Training For Families Of Children With Special Needs And Their Families” was held Thursday, April 27 at Cape Abilities’ Park Center, Independence Drive in Hyannis.  This informative training session addressed ways that you, or someone you know, can better prepare for an emergency that may include First Responders!

We also extended an invitation for all affected by ASD to attend a special ALEC Community Day   on April 29 at the Orleans Fire Station in Orleans.    

This Community Day Open House was especially designed for individuals diagnosed with ASD and other related developmental disabilities and their families & caregivers.  This was an ideal opportunity for First Responders and families to meet and interact in a non-emergency situation so that everyone in the home can be better prepared for emergency situations.

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This month also included the Sensory Film screening of the family-friendly movie, “Beethoven”, as part of our free, monthly screenings at the Chatham Orpheum Theater that are devoted specifically for individuals with disabilities and their families.  The lights are turned slightly up and the sound is turned slightly down to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of all who attend!

Be sure to visit our Cape Abilities Sensory Film Series home page for more details on free screenings throughout the year!

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Thank You Cape Cod!

Great partners from Cape towns and local businesses lit up their municipal offices and store fronts with blue light bulbs (see below), to help  raise awareness and acceptance!  We thank EVERYONE for displaying blue lights all month long and for joining us for this remarkable world-wide autism awareness campaign throughout the month of April.

Barnstable High School teachers Light It Up Blue and purple too!

 

Our entire staff at Cape Abilities

says THANK YOU for wearing blue clothing, lighting up your homes and offices and store fronts blue, donating your time and services to the Autism community, and for spreading the word throughout social media to support the growing number of individuals right here on Cape Cod diagnosed with Autism every year. Your efforts help raise awareness and acceptance for this amazing group of people that matter EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

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Here are some simple tips to help you stay involved
and help raise awareness and promote acceptance for individuals and their families affected by ASD all year long!

Light Homes, Businesses, Schools, and Landmarks Blue

  • Change outdoor or indoor white bulbs to blue bulbs
  • Cover existing fixtures with blue gel filters
  • Show the Autism Speaks puzzle piece or Light It Up Blue logo on walls or buildings

Wear Blue Clothing

  • Ask family, friends, coworkers, and staff to wear blue (ties, scarfs, shirts, etc.) and tell people why they are wearing that color

Post Blue in Social Media

  • Personalize your Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest sites and profiles with Blue coloring
  • Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #LIUB to be a part of the global autism awareness movement!
  • Turn your website blue or add the Light It Up Blue logo with a link to autismspeaks.org/liub

Raise Awareness!

  • Share information about autism, World Autism Awareness Day, and Light It Up Blue in your organization, company, school and neighborhood
  • Invite a local representative from the Autism community to speak to your staff, school, or town about autism and the Light It Up Blue campaign.
  • Share your commitment and story with local media; email them pictures to share on their own media sites

Resources:

Below find some helpful links for support Services:

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Thank you for Helping Us Promote
a Greater Understanding and Acceptance
of Individuals with ASD.

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