Elliott Tower lights up blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Elliott Tower lights up blue for World Autism Awareness Day
The Elliott Tower was lit in brilliant blue lights on April 2 to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.

The Oakland University community shined a bright blue light on autism via the Elliott Tower on April 2, joining a worldwide movement to mark World Autism Awareness Day.


It was the second year Oakland University and Oakland University’s Center for Autism hosted an event in coordination with the United Nations’ World Autism Awareness Day.

This year, a group of about 180 people gathered, under the leadership of the Oakland University Center for Autism, for a free family event for those on the Autism Spectrum in the Engineering Center atrium at 6-7:30 p.m.


“Seeing the Elliott Tower in a symphony of blue really capped a great week for autism programming here at Oakland,” said Chaturi Edrisinha, Ph.D., associate professor in Human Development and Child Studies and director of research for the Center for Autism. “Earlier in the week, we also hosted a symposium on autism and sexuality with national and local experts."

Each year since its inception, Light It Up Blue participation around the world has continued to grow. Iconic landmarks are lit up with blue light to spread awareness and understanding of autism, celebrate and honor the unique talents and skills of people with autism and to bring attention to the needs of those on the spectrum.


Oakland University Outreach (OUCARES), Easter Seals, Autism Alliance of Michigan and Michigan Autism Society also participated by staffing informational booths at the event.


To learn more about the Oakland University Center for Autism, visit https://wwwp.oakland.edu/hdcs/center-for-autism


Professor Edrisinha and participants release balloons at World Autism Day event.Professor Chaturi Edrisinha, center, and about 180 other participants braved the snowy weather to release balloons at the conclusion of Oakland University's 2016 Light It Up Blue event.