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Holy Cross to Shine a Light on Autism

O’Kane clock to be lit blue; students encouraged to wear blue for group photo
March 29th, 2012 by 

The College of the Holy Cross will join the Empire State Building, Fenway Park, and many other buildings across the country in “shining a light on autism.” On the evening of April 2, Holy Cross will light the clock on O’Kane Hall blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day as part of Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

Jennifer McGill ’12, who interned at Autism Speaks, a non-profit autism advocacy and research organization, is spearheading the effort on campus.  “Autism Speaks is an incredible organization which provides outstanding resources for families affected by the disorder as well as important research initiatives to further understand the etiology of the disorder, potential treatments, and preventative measures,” shares McGill. “‘Light It Up Blue’ allows individuals across the world to unite and support all those affected by autism as well as celebrate the unique accomplishments and talents of individuals with autism.”

McGill and Meghan McCloat ’12 will staff an autism awareness and information table in the Hogan 1st Floor Lobby on April 2 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. They will be giving out puzzle piece cupcakes and there will be a display of puzzle pieces on the Hogan lawn to raise student awareness.

All students are encouraged to wear blue. There will be a group photo opportunity at 12:30 p.m. in the Hogan First Floor Lobby. Photos will be submitted to the Autism Speaks website.

For more information contact Jennifer McGill or Meghan McCloat.

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