The Graham Is Lighting it Up Blue for Autism Awareness
The Graham Georgetown joins a list of more than 10,000 iconic landmarks, businesses, communities and homes in 136 countries on all seven continents that will shine a bright light on autism for the month of April. The Empire State Building in NYC, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and even the International Space Station have all joined Autism Speaks and The Graham Georgetown in support of the millions of families affected by autism.
Throughout the month of April, our guests can support their neighbors and friends by participating in Light It Up Blue. Visit www.autismspeaks.org/LIUB for fun and creative ways to shine a bright light on autism. Donations are encouraged on property.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, to varying degrees, by repetitive behaviors and difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as social interaction. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum – including 1 in 42 boys.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of people with autism and their families. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, mostly to scientific research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in almost 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.