Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Don't it make my White House blue

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.


Natalia said...

I read her letter the day it was posted and it is simply incredible! I've already commented there, and since then I've been trying to spread the news around about WAAD. I've got my blue light bulbs ready (courtesy of Home Depot, who has joined with Autism Speaks this year in fundraising for the cause). I sincerely hope we see that White House turn BLUE! http://speakingonthespectrum.blogspot.com/

Alysia said...

Thank you to you and Jess for sharing this incredible letter! Ready to light it up blue here too! Of course, now I have that song stuck in my head. That's a good thing! Let's hope the President does the right thing.

gail said...

I was one of the first to comment!

Mark said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. The message you deliver and the words you choose are tremendous. I'm thankful, not just for your message but even more for the care in your heart that drives you to share it.

jess said...

thank you, my dear.

i am humbled by your words, thankful for your call to action, and above all so grateful for your friendship.

2 Puzzlepiece Mom said...

my bulb is installed and we've started shining the clear blue light of autism awareness understanding and acceptance already. Awareness, understanding and acceptance can not come too soon.

The letter is fantastic and I've left my comment.

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