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Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

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April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

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In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 to be World Autism Awareness Day. Over 600 cities, 45 countries and 3000 structures have celebrated World Autism Awareness Day by lighting schools, businesses and public buildings in blue light in efforts to shine a light on autism.

This year, Autism Nova Scotia is celebrating Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month with a variety of activities and events held throughout the month of April across the province. 

​Why #ShineBlueNS & #WearRedNS?

Building upon the #ShineBlueNS movement, this year we will also #WearRedNS, bringing together the strengths of two international movements for awareness and acceptance for the autism community and autistic people of all ages. Building awareness helps to build understanding, acceptance and inclusion for us all.

This April, let’s rock our red clothes and shine blue lights in support of autism awareness and acceptance.

​And if you wear blue clothes or shine red lights? That’s great too! Let’s shine bright, together!  

​Ways to #ShineBlueNS & #WearRedNS:

Wear blue or red clothes
- Ask your family, friends, classmates and colleagues to wear blue or red
- Wear blue or red ties, scarves, shirts, pants, shoes, hats, jackets, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, lipstick... you name it!

Shine blue or red lights
- Change your outdoor and/or indoor white lightbulbs to blue or red lightbulbs
- Decorate your interior with balloons, ribbons and streamers
- Create blue or red window displays
- Print and place our poster in your window to show your support

How can your business be involved?
Click here for some great resources to help you enhance your inclusiveness
How can children be involved?
Click here for a list of 8 things kids should know about autism

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Use the hashtag #ShineBlueNS and #WearRedNS