How To Light It Up Blue

When:  April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day and all April long

Why: Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.


  • Homes & Neighborhoods
  • Stores, Malls, Shopping Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Places of Worship
  • Schools
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Buildings & Landmarks
  • Public Structures
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Recreational Facilities
  • Sports Arenas
  • Businesses
  • Media Outlets – TV, Radio & Online

I want information for:

General Lighting (Everyone) Buildings Businesses Family Friends and Neighbors Teachers and Students


For Everyone:

  • Register your participation and your fundraiser with
  • Donate by clicking the donate link at or by texting AUTISM to 25383 to give $10
    A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of Autism Speaks by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Message & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 25383; text HELP to 25383 for help. Privacy Policy
  • Upload photos of your participation, whether it is a Wear It Blue group photo, Blue Item, Blue Display, Blue Event, or an image of a program, menu or special to the Light It Up Blue photo gallery at
  • Turn your Facebook & Twitter profile blue. Visit and click the Add to Twitter and Add to Facebook buttons. It's an easy way to show your support.

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For Lighting Buildings:

Exterior Blue Lighting

  • Cover existing fixtures with Roscolux gel filters
  • Project image of Autism Speaks puzzle piece or Light It Up Blue logo onto side of building
    • Go to information on custom gobos
    • Search Rosco dealer directory for equipment rental and lighting assistance
  • For residences, change outdoor white light bulbs to blue
    • The Home Depot or carries three blue bulbs manufactured by Philips: 25W incandescent, 100W indoor/outdoor flood lamp, 13W CFL

Interior Blue Lighting

  • Temporarily tint windows blue with rolls of Roscolux blue gel sheets
  • Change white bulbs to blue inside
    • The Home Depot or carries three blue bulbs manufactured by Philips: 25W incandescent, 100W indoor/outdoor flood lamp, 13W CFL
    • Roscolux gel filters are available in easy-to-use sleeves that slide over fluorescent bulbs. Go to for expert advice and to find a dealer to place your order
  • Register your lighting with
  • Upload photos of your Blue Building to the Light It Up Blue photo gallery at

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For Businesses Serving the Public – Restaurants, Retailers, Hotels, Cultural Institutions, Sports Venues, Recreational Facilities and others

  • Light blue:
    • Ask your Building Management or Facilities Department to light the exterior or interior blue (see “For Lighting Buildings”)
  • Wear blue:
    • Incorporate blue in staff’s apparel (Blue tie, Blue scarf, Blue dress shirt)
    • Supply Autism Speaks blue lapel pins and/or bracelets to staff to wear during April (purchase from
  • Fundraise & Donate:
    • Create blue-themed displays, menus, programs, or special  on April 2 (or throughout April)
    • Conduct a point-of-sale campaign or donation collection in your establishment – ask your customers to donate to Autism Speaks – contact a local Autism Speaks representative to learn how. 
    • Donate a percentage of sales from a specific item or for a specific time period
    • Create a fundraising “Event” on and invite customers, members and vendors to donate and participate online
    • Encourage guests and customers to TEXT “AUTISM” to 25383 to donate $10 to Autism Speaks
    • If you are interested in holding a local event for your family in your neighborhood you may also register online and create a fundraising “event” on
  • Increase Awareness:
    • Distribute information about autism, World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue in your establishment
    • Turn your website blue, add the Light It Up Blue logo with a link to
    • Tell everyone about your participation – in e-blasts, on social networks and on your website
    • Run Autism Speaks Ad Council PSA on video screens and online
    • Invite a local Autism Speaks representative to speak to your staff (or families) about autism and the Light It Up Blue campaign
  • Welcome the Autism Community:
    • Offer autism-friendly events, “quiet” facilities for people with sensory sensitivity, “Plan Your Visit” guides, and assistive or visual supports to make your establishment more accessible for individuals with autism
  • Publicize Your Involvement:
    • Reach out to local media to let the community know about your great work for the autism community and your support of Autism Speaks
    • Make your lighting a ceremonial media event! Invite local media to your lighting!

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For Families, Friends and Neighbors:

  • Wear blue:
    • Incorporate blue in your clothes for the month of April, starting on April 2
    • Wear an Autism Speaks puzzle lapel pin, bracelet or other accessory (find them on
    • Ask friends, family and coworkers to wear blue, too! Take a group photo and upload to the Light It Up Blue community photo gallery
  • Light your home blue:
    • Buy some blue light bulbs for your front porch light or outdoor lights.  The Home Depot or will begin carrying three blue bulbs manufactured by Philips: 25W incandescent, 100W indoor/outdoor flood lamp, 13W CFL in February 2014
    • Make sure to upload your photo to the Light It Up Blue community photo gallery!
  • Ask neighbors and friends to light their homes blue, too:
    • Invite the neighbors to join in the celebration and shine a light on autism!
  • Host a fundraiser:
    • Register your Light It Up Blue event on
    • Host a blue themed dinner party
    • Ask friends and family to donate $5 to wear blue on April 2
  • Post blue online:
    • Download the free Light It Up Blue iPhone app to add your photos to and see all the participating buildings
    • Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo and tag as many of your friends as you can!
    • If you are a blogger, write a post about how you are “Lighting It Up Blue” to shine a light on autism. Tell your story of how a loved one with autism has impacted your life.
    • Tweet autism facts and use #LIUB on your tweets.
    • Text AUTISM to 25383 to donate $10 to Autism Speaks

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For Teachers and Students:

  • Educate staff, faculty and student body
    • Ask your school administrators to hold an assembly about autism, and invite a local Autism Speaks staff member to talk with your school
    • Download the Autism Speaks Community Toolkit as a resource for staff and students alike
  • Organize a school-wide fundraiser! Ask your PTO and school administration to help you fundraise for Autism Speaks:
    • Wear blue hat day – charge classmates $1 to wear blue hats to school on April 2 (or any day in the month of April)
    • Have a Blue Bake Sale or have the local bakery sell blue baked goods to support the school’s PTO and Autism Speaks
  • Register your event/activity and your fundraiser with
  • Upload photos of your Blue Building to the Light It Up Blue photo gallery at

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