Iconic Geisel Library to "Light It Up Blue" in Support of Autism Awareness

As part of World Autism Awareness Day and the "Light It Up Blue" campaign, UC San Diego's iconic Geisel Library building will "Light It Up Blue" on the evening of April 2, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., joining other iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House in shining a light on autism. "Light It Up Blue," in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about autism, a growing public health concern. Iconic landmarks as well as numerous residences and businesses around the world will "Light It Up Blue" to show their support.

The Autism Center for Excellence at UC San Diego is one of six original National Institutes of Health-designated sites in the country. The goal of the Autism Center of Excellence program is to help families by establishing reliable biomedical indicators that will translate into rapid identification and early treatment for all children who need it.

Since its founding in 2007, UC San Diego researchers have published more than 170 scholarly articles using state-of-the art technologies and tests to map early brain development in babies, both normal and those at risk of autism.

UC San Diego's participation in Light It Up Blue was initiated by Awareness and Action for Autism (AAA), a group of UC San Diego students who are passionate about research and treatment of autism. Since its creation, AAA has introduced several opportunities for UCSD undergraduates interested in supporting the autism community. AAA believes that awareness must be followed by action if we are to truly make a difference. For more information about AAA, contact the organization at: aautism@ucsd.edu

For more information about ACE: http://autism-center.ucsd.edu/ For more information about the Light It Up Blue campaign: http://www.lightitupblue.org

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