Light It Up Blue isn’t autism awareness: it’s Autism Speaks advertisement

2 Apr

What do these autism organizations have in common:

Autism Science Foundation

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autism Society of America

National Autistic Society


The Marcus Autism Center

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

I could list many more.

Besides being autism organizations, they all have this in common: no mention of “Light It Up Blue” on their webpages today.

Today is Autism Acceptance Day (aka Autism Awareness Day). Autism Speaks has been pushing this day with their “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Autism Speaks describes Light It Up Blue as

Each April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its signature campaign, Light It Up Blue, along with the international autism community in recognition of UN sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day and April, World Autism Month.

They are clear–it’s not an autism event, it’s an Autism Speaks event. Apparently “along with the international autism community”. Which doesn’t appear to be joining in.

Blue, by the way, is not the color of autism (it doesn’t really have one). Blue is the color of Autism Speaks.

Want to do something for the autism community today? Take a look at The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s article: Autism Acceptance Day & Month: Do This, Not That

By Matt Carey

6 Responses to “Light It Up Blue isn’t autism awareness: it’s Autism Speaks advertisement”

  1. wzrd1 April 2, 2017 at 21:13 #

    So, blue is the official color of Autism Spends.
    How special of them, did they trademark a primary color as well?

  2. Greg April 3, 2017 at 12:41 #

    Matt, just curious: Autism is a ‘neuro-diversity’ condition that may give rise to certain symptoms or traits, be they being nonverbal, or compulsive behaviours such as hand-flapping. Essentially, accepting autism means that we accept these traits. Matt, am I then a bad person for not ‘accepting’ autism if I were to stop an autistic child from banging his head against a wall, or wandering, or even advocating speech therapy for that child? It’s all sooo confusing!

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) May 1, 2018 at 17:12 #

      It’s easy to be confused when you live in a world of straw man arguments.

      Seriously “If [false, straw man arguments], then [bad outcome]” is a classic way to avoid facing an argument head on. If you’re position can’t withstand the actual counter arguments, what makes you think it is valid? And you clearly can’t face the actual counter arguments.


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