Alpha Xi Delta, UT to ‘Light It Up Blue’ for autism

March 28, 2013 | Events, UToday
By Staff

On Tuesday, April 2, World Autism Day, you may notice University Hall’s bell tower and Mulford Library lit up blue.

Light It Up BlueMajor landmarks including the Pyramids of Giza and the Sydney Opera House also will be lit up blue to help raise awareness of autism.

Alpha Xi Delta, a national sorority, and the University will work together in “Light It Up Blue,” an Autism Speaks program.

“We proudly support the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta for shining (the blue) light on World Autism Awareness Day,” Dr. Sammy Span, assistant provost for international studies and programs, said. “For UT to participate in a national and international phenomenon to help raise awareness of autism and the impact it has on so many families is profound, but what’s more impressive are the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta for considering such a social endeavor.”

Autism is a development disorder that is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes; this year, more children will be diagnosed with autism than with AIDS, diabetes and pediatric cancer combined, according to Autism Speaks.

To get involved with “Light It Up Blue” or to learn more about Autism Speaks, contact Emily Jacobson at

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