FirstEnergy Stadium supports Autism Awareness through the Light It Up Blue campaign


Buildings and landmarks will Light It Up Blue on April 2 and throughout the month as part of a global campaign to raise awareness, acceptance, and understanding of autism and those on the autism spectrum.

Cleveland Mayor, Frank Jackson to sign proclamation in honor of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day

Terminal Tower, FirstEnergy Stadium, and the Great Lakes Science Center will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Sunday, April 2, as part of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign to honor World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

These Cleveland buildings and landmarks join a list of more than 18,600 iconic landmarks, businesses, communities and homes in 142 countries on all seven continents that will shine a bright light on autism. The White House, Macau Tower in China, the London Eye, the CN Tower in Canada, the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, and more will be joining Autism Speaks in support of the 70 million people of affected by autism worldwide. Look for more local buildings and businesses lighting up blue across Northeast Ohio.

Proclamations have been made across the State of Ohio in honor of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day.

Throughout the month of April, Northeast Ohio residents can support their neighbors and friends by participating in Light It Up Blue. Visit for fun and creative ways to shine a bright light on autism.

DATE: Sunday, April 2, 2017
TIME: Beginning at dusk
PLACE: Illuminated Buildings include:

FirstEnergy Stadium
100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, OH 44114

Terminal Tower (April 2nd)
50 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

Great Lakes Science Center (April 2nd)
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

Photo opportunities include:
–Light It Up Blue Official Reception – hosted by Skylight Financial – Monday, April 3, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
–Mayor Frank Jackson Proclamation presentation, Monday, April 3, 10:00 am at Cleveland City Hall

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), observed on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health priority. Every year on World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international Light It Up Blue campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Individuals everywhere wear blue in honor of our community.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to

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