Today marks the first day of the 2015 National Autism Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to promote autism awareness and the acceptance of each individual on the autism spectrum.

Throughout April, we will be featuring a blog series with inspiring stories that celebrate the diverse representations of people living with autism. Each week, our stories will take a deeper look into personal accomplishments and lived experiences, including exploring the different challenges individuals face. Topics will range from arts and culture, to community happenings, managing transitions to adulthood and more. Stay tuned!

Child blue                                 Nick
Tomorrow also marks the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year on April 2nd, the global autism community celebrates the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

Many of you may be familiar with the campaign, Light It Up Blue, where iconic landmarks around the world “light it up blue” to show their support. Nearly 3,000 structures in over 600 cities, 45 countries and on 6 continents participated last year, including the Empire State Building, CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Sydney Opera House, and many more. If you’re looking for something more local, bring the whole family down to the Northern Lights Display at BC Place which will be illuminated in blue. Below you will find some of the stunning photos of these landmarks lit up. You too can help raise awareness by wearing blue and posting blue. Make sure to use the hashtag #LIUB to share your experience across social media!

Light it up Blue collage

We also encourage you to connect with us online! We would love to hear about how you are celebrating and raising awareness. Share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages (posAbilitiesCA) using the hashtags #AutismDay2015 and #autismawareness.

To learn more about resources and supports for individuals and families living with autism, please contact Laurel Behaviour Support Services at 778-945-1435, email [email protected] or visit .