National Autism Awareness Month: April 2016

National Autism Awareness Month 2016


National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM) is right around the corner! Every April, communities across the nation come together to bring awareness and support for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). April 2nd marks the celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, acknowledging Autism as a growing global health priority. Numerous events and initiatives occur during this day and month; keep reading and watch this video for ways to get involved.

Light It Up Blue

Autism Speaks continues its “Light It Up Blue” campaign to shine a bright light on Autism and honor the millions of individuals it affects. Participants from across the globe will wear blue garments, while buildings and iconic landmarks will light up in blue. More than 15,000 landmarks will participate in Light It Up Blue 2016, including the Empire State Building in New York, Universal Studios in Orlando, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Skyscraper Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Sign up to help Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness.


Look Ahead to a Bright Future

The United Nations founded World Autism Awareness Day as part of its initiative to improve human rights. This year focuses on the future, with the official 2016 theme: “Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity.” Learn more about the strategies and goals dedicated to improving the lives for all people with Autism.


NAAM Events in Kansas City

Hold your own event or bring your friends and family to the events listed below. Have fun while raising awareness, generating donations and educating the community.


Blue Valley SPED Resource Fair on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

North Star Life Span Conference Day 1 on Friday, April 15, 2016

North Star Life Span Conference Day 2 on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Autism Awareness Day at the ‘K’ on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Just Be You Walk for Autism on Sunday, April 24, 2016

Autism Awareness Day at the KC Zoo on Sunday, April 24, 2016

Kansas City Autism Conference on Tuesday, April 26, 2016