Omaha Businesses “LIGHT IT UP BLUE” for Autism Awareness Month

OMAHA, NE -- Businesses in the Omaha Metro Area, including Autism Action Partnership, will participate in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign to shine a light on the public health crisis of autism. The campaign will bring attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder, a developmental disability that affects millions around the world. The following Omaha businesses are showing their support by lighting up their building or landmark blue:

• CenturyLink Center Omaha: Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3
• TD Ameritrade Park Omaha: Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3
• Embassy Suites La Vista, La Vista Conference Center and Courtyard by Marriott La Vista: Sunday, March 29 - Saturday, April 4
• Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Desert Dome: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30
• Werner Enterprises: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30
• PayPal: Thursday, April 2 - Thursday, April 30
• Woodmen Tower: Thursday, April 2
• Hilton Omaha Downtown: Thursday, April 2 - Thursday, April 9
• Rockbrook Village Shopping Center’s Central Tower: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30
• SAC Federal Credit Union Headquarters: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30
• Aksarben Village’s Stinson Park: Thursday, April 2
• Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge: Wednesday, April 1
• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30
• Linden Place Business Center: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30
• Countryside Village Shopping Center: Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30

“Light It Up Blue” is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to light it up blue. Some places around the world that participate in “Light It Up Blue” are the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House and The Great Pyramids in Egypt.
April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Day. Omaha businesses and individuals are encouraged to raise awareness about autism throughout the community. Businesses can create awareness by lighting their buildings or landmarks blue, and individuals can create awareness by wearing blue on World Autism Day.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in 1 in 68 children; 1 in 42 boys in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national pubic health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
Autism Action Partnership (AAP) is a nonprofit public foundation based in Omaha that serves individuals throughout Nebraska. The mission of AAP is to improve the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families. AAP works to create and fund programs that fill critical gaps in Nebraska autism services and promote autism awareness. There are many events going on in April for Autism Awareness Month that can be found on AAP’s Web site, www.AutismAction.org, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AutismAction.