Students Turn Memorial Hall Blue For Autism Awareness

Apr 2, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky’s Memorial Hall will be bathed in blue tonight, a not uncommon color on the UK campus,  but this event isn’t about basketball or school pride – it’s in honor of Autism Awareness Month.


“Light It Up Blue” is an international effort to keep a focus a problem the Center for Disease Control says now affects 1 in 50 children. Amy Spriggs, associate professor with the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, says it’s time UK got in the game.

"The Empire State Building lights up blue, the Opera House in Sydney lights up blue, today the stock market had a big 'Light It Up Blue' event inside where all their screens went to puzzle pieces," she says. 

Other fundraisers are planned for the month of April. Today Texas Roadhouse is donating 10 percent of customers’ orders to UK’s Student Council for Exceptional Children and Autism Speaks. Orange Leaf in Hamburg is donating 20 percent.

Also, St. Michael Episcopal Church will feature a special exhibit April 14-28 entitled “The Art of Autism.”