Date issued: 28 March 2019
Colchester Town Hall is set to ‘light it blue’ on World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April, to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism.
Autism Awareness Day was adopted by the United Nations, in 2007, to shine a light on autism as a growing global health priority. All over the world, thousands of other iconic landmarks and buildings will join communities, businesses and homes to ‘light it blue’ in support of the millions of people and families living with autism.
Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: “I am delighted that we will be lighting the Town Hall a beautiful blue to mark this year’s UN World Autism Awareness Day.
“April 2 is such a significant day for the autism community worldwide. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge the one in 100 individuals on the autistic spectrum and to also celebrate their abilities, their strengths and their contribution to our diverse communities.
“Most people know someone who is affected by autism and understand how challenging this condition can be to live with. By shining a light on autism, we help to dispel the outmoded thoughts and prejudices directed towards autistic people that for so long went unchallenged.”