Just like in 2010, 2011, and 2012, I am asking YOU to join me by wearing BLUE on April 2nd and then send me a pic so I can add it to the gallery of supporters.
So, here's the thing... I know that many people associate the whole Light It Up BLUE campaign with Autism Speaks because they're the ones who founded that whole thing and promote it like crazy. I also know that many people who are parenting kids on the spectrum aren't totally thrilled with Autism Speaks. As well, many self-advocating autistics are very anti-Autism Speaks for a variety of reasons that I don't need to go into. You can google around if you are interested. Personally, I'm a bit uncomfortable with where their money goes, and their "research", as well as their public push to make Autism seem like a terrible sentence. Still, I am grateful for and admire their efforts to continuously raise awareness. And that's why we'll light it up blue: to raise awareness for the ever increasing numbers of families living with Autism.
But wait! There's more! There's more important work to be done. Awareness is just the first step. Let's get committed to working on Acceptance, too. So, when you wear BLUE on the 2nd, wear it to raise awareness and acceptance. Then send me your photos so I can post them here. Email them to me at TheRealDaniG (at) gmail.com. Do it!!
Here's our pic from last year. Guess we need new shirts already...