Being blue or going blue takes on a new meaning as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month. Going blue is about raising awareness and encouraging people to show their support by changing the lighting in their building to blue.
In Leeds, the Civic Hall, Leeds Arena and Bridgewater Place will all be taking part and changing their colours and lighting to blue.
You may have noticed that the Better Lives blog has also gone blue. You too could join in at home by using blue lights, setting up a window display, putting up blue fairy lights and lighting blue candles – or you could just go and appreciate these iconic buildings basking in a new blue light instead
But firstly, we need to understand more about autism – what is it?
Autism is a hidden disability. You cannot always tell that someone has autism just by looking at them which sometimes makes it harder to recognise. It affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
This video produced by the National Autistic Society helps to explain more about autism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4G0HTIUBlI
As well as going blue, there are other fun activities taking place during April which have been arranged by Karl Wilson from Leeds Autism Services (see more at: http://www.las.uk.net)working in partnership with Amber’s Autism Awareness (find out more here https://www.facebook.com/AmbersAutismAwareness).
The activities include a cake sale, golf lessons, busking by Georgette Hilton (granddaughter of Ronnie Hilton), a quiz night and a 5-a-side football tournament. For more information about getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 2452645.
But what happens after April? Tomorrow, Leeds City Council’s Helen Gee, Autism Spectrum Conditions Commissioning and Development Officer, tells what we’re doing in Leeds to ensure Autism is high on the agenda for everyone.