March 25, 2012
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Sara Lynn McCall Graduate Assistant

VSU Participates in Light It Up Blue Campaign

VALDOSTA -- VSU will participate in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” Campaign to raise awareness for autism. Plant Operations will light up the fountains in front of West Hall, the Student Union and the University Center with blue lights beginning Monday, April 2.

To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks has challenged colleges, universities and landmarks around the world to turn their lights blue on April 2.

Iconic landmarks around the world such as the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House and the NASA-International Space Station will be lit up blue April 2. VSU will be joining other universities such as Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern, Penn State, UC Berkeley and Cornell University who have all lit up their schools blue in the past.

According to Autism Speaks, Autism is a neurological disorder that impairs an individual’s ability to communicate, form relationships with others and relate to their surroundings. This growing global public health crisis currently affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.

For more information on the Light It Up Blue Campaign, contact Sue Fuciarelli at semitchell@valdosta.edu or visit www.autismspeaks.org/u.