During the month of April, the lights on the main campus Fairmont State University turn blue as part of the national Light It Up Blue world autism awareness campaign sponsored by Autism Speaks. April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.
The idea originated from FSU student Corey Cleavenger in 2012.
“Corey came to us at the Physical Plant and asked permission to put blue light bulbs across campus for Autism Awareness Month. It is nice to see a student so passionate, and we were glad to do everything we could to make his happen for him,” said Stephanie Slaubaugh, Construction Project Manager.
According to the Autism Speaks web site, autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. For more information about the campaign, click here.