Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

By: Catherine Crane Email
By: Catherine Crane Email

April is Autism Awareness Month, and Monday is World Autism Awareness Day. Sunday night the autism community and its friends kicked things off at the Lincoln Children's Museum with "Light It up Blue."

A shower of blue balloons to help "Light It Up Blue" for autism awareness. Dozens of families celebrated the "uniqueness" of family members they love.

"They just have an overwhelming amount of love," said Ashlee Ernst.

Autism now affects 1 in 88 Americans, Beth Good's son Cameron one of them.

"Cameron isn't normally around a lot of other kids so we thought it would be good for him," said Beth. "I love it, we drove up here from Beatrice so we could be a part of it."

The night wouldn't be complete without a dance party, compliments of D.J. Jack.

"They don't get all this time to just be themselves," said Ashlee. "A lot of time they have to worry about what's going on around them. It just gives them time to let loose."

The night was marked by special appearances Governor Dave Heineman and 1011's own Ken Siemek, who forecasted the weather live from the children's museum and met some of his fans.

"Social situations that are usually easy for someone who doesn't have autism like saying 'hi' to someone in the morning," said Jessica Wennekamp, an 18 year old who has Autism. "Some of the things people find to be simple really aren't that simple for us."

Tomorrow $1 from every combo meal purchased at Raising Cane's will be donated to Autism Speaks in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.


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