Last week, the incomparable Jess from Diary of a Mom posted an open letter to Barack Obama, urging him to participate in the Autism Speaks "Light it Up Blue" campaign, by having the White House join other landmark buildings around the world to shine blue lights on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, to show visible support to the autism community.
This week, a slightly more polished version, printed on higher quality stock, is making its way to the West Wing, where it may land in the hands of - and then, certainly, in the heart of - the Commander in Chief. The hard copy includes a postscript encouraging the President to follow the link to the online version, to view the hundreds of comments left from "every corner of the autism community - truly united in its request for your support."
If you haven't left a comment on Jess's open letter, I urge you to do it now: right here. And then, I encourage you to get a blue light bulb for your own home for World Autism Awareness Day.
As Jess has said - loudly and clearly and to anyone who will listen - "Awareness is not the goal, but the means by which we will achieve it."
Let's light the world up blue.