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"Light it up Blue" in Seattle this weekend for World Autism Day

Credit: Autism Speaks

by Justin Wieging, Autism Speaks

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 9:41 AM

On Saturday, April 2nd, the Seattle Children’s Museum is teaming up with Autism Speaks and the UW Autism Center to have our first Light It Up Blue Autism Awareness Kickoff Event! Not only will this event celebrate autism awareness, but it also begins the first of many early opens at the Seattle Children’s Museum for those families affected by autism! The Museum will open at 8:00am with a reduced entry fee of $3 per person. Our brief ceremony will start at 8:30am and will feature speakers from the Seattle Children’s Museum, Autism Speaks, as well as family members affected by autism sharing why they support raising awareness.

This year’s Light It Up Blue campaign in the Puget Sound has brought together many landmarks and agencies who are lighting it up blue on April 1st and 2nd to promote autism awareness! Qwest Field, the UW Autism Tower, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Center Monorail, the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority House, and even the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia are all lighting up blue to promote autism awareness!

Parents and advocates like Larissa Long (pictured above with her son Ethan, who is on the autism spectrum) will be attending this event to show their support as well as enjoy the Museum that will feature reduced or no music, lights toned down, and choice boards will be posted throughout the Museum. Plus, staff members have been trained by the wonderful people at the UW Autism Center so they can better serve those affected by autism in the Museum.

The early open lasts until 10:00am. At that point, the Museum will return to normal sound and lighting levels.

We hope that families affected (and not) can make it to this really cool event to show their support and enjoy an autism-friendly environment on World Autism Awareness Day!

To find out more about other Autism Speaks events are happening locally – you can check out our Facebook page at or

For more information on the Seattle Children’s Museum early opens for autism, you can visit

We hope to see you there (in blue)!