This Saturday, April 2 is the fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Families who are affected by Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders honor the day by wearing blue or lighting blue lights. The Light It Up Blue campaign http://www.lightitupblue.org/ is a growing movement to raise awareness of this disorder that affects one in 91 children and on in 58 boys in the US, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In Seattle, the Seattle Children’s Museum (in the heart of the Seattle Center at 305 Harrison St.) in connection with Autism Speakes, is having a special event just for children and their families on the autism spectrum. At 8:00a, the Museum will open with a “lighting of the blue” ceremony, followed by a special 90 minutes for children and their families to explore the museum in a quieter, less stimulating environment. Cost for the event is $3 per person.
This special morning at the Seattle Children’s Museum is the first of several Saturday mornings for Autistic children and their families. On May 7, June 4 and July 2, the museum will open from 8:30a – 10:00a for ASD kids to explore and enjoy all of the museums’ exhibits with a smaller crowd and with softer lighting and quieter sounds to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Beginning in May, the museum is excited to have a hands-on Lego exhibit as part of the admission price.
Check out the museum’s website at http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org for information about the museum. Click on the “Light It Up Blue” logo for more information on Autism Speaks and the museum’s special Saturdays.