Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place throughout the month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.The Light It Up Blue initiative was created by Autism Speaks in 2010. Since that time, joined by the international autism community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world light blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) in recognition of people living with autism.

For the 4th year, the Autism Academy of South Carolina chose to illuminate the Columbia, SC 5-points Fountain blue in honor of Autism Awareness month. AASC Staff, families, and others from the community gathered Friday, March 30th to dye the fountain in columbia blue to promote awareness for Autism.“We want to help raise awareness for autism. By dying the popular Five Points fountain, we are showing our support for autism awareness in a way that catches the eye and is enjoyable for the kids. Hopefully we’ll be one of many organizations throughout Columbia who will be participating in this worthy event,” said Executive Director Anslie Patrick.

View WLTX News19 Live video of dyeing the fountain.

Visit the Autism Academy of SC Facebook page to see more pictures from the event!!

The Columbia community is encouraged to drive by the Autism Academy of South Carolina on the corner of Bull & Blanding one evening in April to view the blue lights along the street!