Going Blue for World Autism Day!

Centra Marks Autism Awareness Month

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Centra Marks Autism Awareness Month

Monday, April 2, 2018

Centra Autism & Developmental Services is celebrating World Autism Awareness Month (April):

On Monday, April 2, World Autism Day, Virginia Baptist Hospital, along with thousands of schools, skyscrapers, landmarks, businesses and homes worldwide will shine blue lights. The international campaign was begun by Autism Speaks after World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health priority. Individuals across the world also will be wearing blue to mark the day.

The goals of World Autism Day are to

  • Spread awareness and understanding of autism
  • Celebrate and honor the unique talents and skills of people with autism
  • Bring attention to the needs of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism

Just a few of the almost 20,000 buildings and landmarks that will light it up blue on April 2 are: the Freedom Tower, The Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, Madison Square Garden, The Suez Canal, Gillette Stadium and Taipei 101 in Taiwan.


On Saturday, April 21, Centra will host its 2nd Annual Autism Resource Fair at the Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center in Lynchburg. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 am to 1 pm and will feature childcare and activities provided by experienced staff while family members visit informational tables and enjoy some pampering including chair massages. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information, visit CentraAutism.com or call 434-200-4447.