April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, is an internationally recognized event that was declared in 2007, when the United Nations reaffirms its "commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms."
1 in 54 children are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder
On the occasion of "World Autism Month 2020",
AAA has launched during April 2020,
a debunking Autism Myths campaign
with the support of AUB volunteers.
The aim of this campaign
is to convey a set of FACTS
about Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD.
On the eve of 2 April 2016, AAA launched the First Largest Autism Awareness campaign in Lebanon,
from South to North of Lebanon.
AAA had joined the International 'Light it up Blue' for Autism:
The Citadels of Saida, Byblos & Tripoli and Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa went blue by AAA, to spread Autism Awareness
as well as the Safadi Cultural Center & Rashid Karame Int'l Fair in Tripoli, Chateau Rweiss & Jeita Country Club
On April 2, 2017,
Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary went blue for Autism Awareness, as it became an annual event, with the support of Bakhos Lighting production and Hisham Saba Photography.
The event was mentioned
on "Autism Speaks" website
& on social media platforms.
Autism Speaks being the organization that launched the International
"Light it up blue" campaign.
On 2 April 2018, AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign at MTV to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon,
Live on MTV Prime-time News,
in the presence
of the Minister of Social Affairs
HE Pierre Bou Assi
and MTV Alive team.
Various buildings and landmarks around the world light up in the color blue to raise autism awareness as well. The White House, the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls have all been lit in blue on Autism Awareness Day in years past.
The Lady of Lebanon statue - Harissa was lit up in blue on Tuesday night to mark the World Autism Awareness Day, under the patronage of Minister of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth Violette Khairallah Safadi.
The Harissa lighting up ceremony was organized by the Autism Awareness Association Lebanon (AAA) to observe World Autism Awareness Day within the international yearly campaign "Light It Up Blue".
The national awareness autism campaign was held this year under the motto of "I Love Someone With Autism."
On 2 April 2019, AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign at Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon.
Under the patronage of
HE Violette Khairallah Safadi, Minister of State
for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth & AAA Vice-President,
Lebanon's iconic statue and Sanctuary of the Lady of Lebanon - Harissa
has been lit up in magical blue,
for the third time, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day
by the AAA - Autism Awareness Association
With the presence of Representative of HE Gebran Bassil,
Minister of Foreign and Emigrants' Affairs advisor to Special needs affairs, Mr Joe Rahal;
Father Younen Obeid, Rector of the sanctuary of our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa;
Ms Michele Fenianos, Director of the First Lady's office;
Mr Juan Hobeiche, President of Jounieh's Municipality;
Mrs Ghada Hayek Makhoul, President of AAA
and board members Mrs Maria Abi-Nasr & Mrs Marleine Mehanna,
along with other members of the association
and their families and friends.
Big thanks to Bacchus Production
for his continuous support and dedication to our cause.
Photo Credit "Hisham Saba photography"
Rita Akiki for editing
On 2 April 2018, AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign at MTV to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon, Live on MTV Prime-time News, in the presence of the Minister of Social Affairs HE Pierre Bou Assi and MTV Alive team.
On the eve of April 2017, AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign at Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon.
Event on LBCi Live News April 2nd, 2016
The 'Light it up blue' for Autism annual campaign
was launched in 2010 by 'Autism Speaks',
the largest Autism Organization in the World,
along with the international autism community
in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day,
sanctioned by the United Nations on Dec 2007.
April, is also known as World Autism Month
in order to commemorate persons with autism and their families.
Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings
join the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities
around the world to “light in blue”
in support of people living with autism.
Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place during April to increase understanding and acceptance and further support people with autism.