Baltimore City Hall to Be Bathed in Blue for Autism Awareness Month

April 2, 2012
As Part of the International "Light It Up Blue" Campaign, Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partners with Kennedy Krieger Institute to Illuminate Baltimore City Hall

(Baltimore, MD) -- Once again, as part of a joint effort between Kennedy Krieger Institute and the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Hall will be lit in blue for the entire month of April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. On April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue and shine a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting more than 1.5 million Americans. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign of the advocacy group Autism Speaks that urges prominent landmarks around the world to turn their lights blue in April.

With the illumination of Baltimore City Hall, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Kennedy Krieger Institute publicly honor the millions of families facing the challenges of autism.

"Baltimore and its families are very fortunate to be home to Kennedy Krieger, an internationally recognized leader in autism treatment and research," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I'm proud that we can light City Hall in blue to raise awareness of the families who need our support and recognize the impact that a Baltimore institution is making in the lives of children with autism."

"Kennedy Krieger is home to a team of people who are working tirelessly to support families and provide answers," said Dr. Gary Goldstein, President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute. "We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Mayor Rawlings-Blake to spotlight the importance of community support for individuals with autism and the challenges that they face."

  • WHAT: Photo Opportunity: Light It Up Blue – the illumination of Baltimore City Hall to celebrate Autism Awareness Month
  • WHEN: April 2nd - 30th beginning nightly at Sunset
  • WHERE: Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 16,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Media Contacts:

Ryan O'Doherty
Office: (410) 396-5538
Cell: (410) 818-4269
ryan.odoherty@baltimorecity.gov

Jennifer Burke
Office: (443) 923-7330
Cell: (607) 759-0505
burkej@kennedykrieger.org