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City of Holyoke to participate in Light It Up Blue, a unique global initiative by Autism Speaks to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will Light It Up Blue to show their support on April 2, 2013 – World Autism Awareness Day. Mayor Alex Morse has directed the Superintendent of Public Works to illuminate City Hall for the month of April in Blue. The Fire Chief has ordered all fire houses to replace the outside lights with blue lights and Senator Michael Knapik was instrumental in getting the Bureau of State Office Buildings to light up the State House as well. 

Monday, April 2nd will be the kick-off with a Mayoral Proclamation at 10:00 am in his office. The Mayor has approved the ability of City Hall Employees to wear blue jeans that day as a sign of support. To do so he kindly ask them for a $5 donation to be used to purchase sensory equipment for the kids in the Autism Program within the School District. The City has also teamed up with the Holyoke Rotary Club in selling Autism Speaks “Puzzle Piece” Pins for $5. 

City departments, schools and businesses around the city have joined the effort to raise money and awareness for Autism by making a donation directly or sponsoring a dress in blue day as is occurring at city hall. All monies raised from this effort will stay right here in the city and be used to purchase updated sensory equipment for the District Autism Program. Any checks should be made payable to HPS Autism Awareness Program, C/O City of Holyoke. 

Did you Know . . . 

· 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder 
· 1 in 54 boys is on the autism spectrum 
· Autism prevalence figures are growing 
· There is currently no medical detection or cure for autism 

Please join your City Leaders in helping to raise awareness. 

Posted on March 19, 2013 by