Tuesday is an important day for tens of thousands of families in Middle Tennessee as it is World Autism Awareness Day.
Organizations in the Volunteer State will use Tuesday to raise awareness for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Autism Tennessee serves more than 45,000 families through their helpline, community partnerships and family fun events.
Around the world, buildings and landmarks will light up in blue to mark the day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness for people with ASD.
In downtown Nashville, the Korean Veteran’s Memorial Bridge will be lit up in blue for the day.
One Nashville company with a unique offering for Autism Awareness is Tiramisu Paperie, which is selling limited edition notepad and pencil gift sets with messages including “Different Not Less” and “I love someone with Autism.”
They are available at Sercy and Company in the North Gulch and online for $10. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Tennessee. Click here for more.
A viral challenge has surfaced online to shine a light on the developmental disorder.
The “Sit Up for Autism Challenge” asks people to do 11 sit-ups in honor of every 11 minutes another family learns their child has autism.
Here’s how you can join the battle to raise awareness:
- Accept the challenge
- Record yourself doing 11 sit-ups anyway or anywhere you’d like
- Post your video onto social media
- Tag @situpforautismchallenge & #situpforautismchallenge on Facebook and Instagram
- Challenge three other people by tagging them in your post
Once you are challenged you have 24-hours to share your own “Sit Up for Autism Challenge” video on social media.
You can opt out of the challenge by donating $11 to the “Autism Speaks” organization HERE.
April is Autism Awareness Month, also along with the rest of this week serving as Autism Awareness Week.