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‘Light it up Blue’ community gathering to mark autism awareness on April 1

UMass Medical School Communications

March 25, 2016
  The Cube in the Albert Sherman Center glows blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Yael Dvir, MD)
 

The Cube in the Albert Sherman Center glows blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Yael Dvir, MD)

Members of the UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Health Care and the greater Worcester communities are invited to join together for autism awareness when the medical school joins thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe to ‘Light it Up Blue,’ shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. The annual Autism Awareness and Acceptance Celebration and Light it Up Blue proceedings will take place on Friday, April 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Albert Sherman Center.

Sponsored by the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI) at UMass Medical School and HMEA's Autism Resource Central, the Autism Awareness and Acceptance Celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a resource fair and family activities, and end with the blue lighting of The Cube in the Albert Sherman Center after dusk.

RSVPs are requested at www.autismresourcecentral.org.

The Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture series will also mark the beginning of Autism Awareness Month in April with “Early interventions for autism spectrum disorder: Active ingredients and deployment to the community,” presented by Connie Kasari, PhD, professor of psychological studies in education and psychiatry at University of California – Los Angeles on Friday, April 2, at 8 a.m. in Amphitheater I.