April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and this year, Whitman Women in Business wanted to get the entire Whitman community out to show their support and Light it Up Blue!
WWiB decorated the pillars on the four main floors of the Whitman building and set up a table in front of Flaum Hall. Over 100 people dressed up, held a sign of support for individuals with autism and had their picture taken. There were blue bead necklaces, a plastic fedora, big blue sunglasses and a fun headband. The signs said “I Light it Up Blue Syracuse University for everyone with autism!” The photos were live tweeted throughout the day from the Whitman Women in Business Twitter account (@WhitmanWomen) using the hashtags, “#LIUB,” “#WorldAutismAwarenessDay,” and “#1in68.”
One in 68 children (and 1 in 42 boys) in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The severity of effects varies widely, from extremely high-functioning to nonverbal. No two individuals with autism are alike, and the diagnosis cannot be fit easily into a box. It’s often said that “if you’ve met one person with autism…you’ve met one person with autism.”
The CDC’s website says:
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.
“A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.”
We are so proud of Whitman for coming together to show support in this way. If you’d like to learn more or get involved in causes related to autism, visit http://www.autism-society.org.