Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Guam community dons blue for Autism Awareness Month

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April is Autism Awareness Month, and the community is already showing a lot of support by pledging to wear and light it up blue.

Guam - Autism Awareness Month was kicked off a couple of weeks ago during a “Light It Up Blue” flag raising ceremony hosted by First Lady Christine Calvo and the Autism Community Together of Guam in Adelup.

Since then, many have shown their support for the nationwide effort to promote autism awareness. “Light It Up Blue” is the signature campaign of the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks, and a few buildings on Guam have lit up their exteriors with blue ambient lighting.

Over the weekend, the 10th annual Autism Awareness Fair was held at the Agana Shopping Center, where community members took the Pledge to Wear Blue to spread awareness and acceptance for those affected by autism spectrum disorder. Earlier in the month, Gov. Eddie Calvo encouraged the Guam community to take part in the movement in his weekly address, saying "Autism awareness starts with each and every one of us – together, we can create an environment where all people on the autism spectrum feel welcomed and are treated with respect. Individuals with autism strengthen our community and add to the diversity of our island, and we can all be a part of the support system that helps them pursue their greatest potential."

You can show your support by wearing blue every Friday in April.

Other scheduled events for 2017 Autism Awareness Month are:

  • HunterSpeaks 5k Run, Walk, Wheel - Sat. April 15 at 6 a.m. at Chamorro Village
  • GDOE Autism Awareness Week - April 17 to 21 at Guam DOE schools
  • Autism Community Together (ACT) General Membership Meeting - Sat. April 22 at 10 a.m. at Coast360 FCU Community Room in Maite
  • Family Fun Day - Sun. April 30 - TBA
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