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Light-Blue Clothing to Create Autism Awareness, Welcome Lecturer March 31

Auburn University
Staff Writer


On March 31, to kick off Autism Awareness Month and welcome lecturer Dr. Temple Grandin, a speaker of national notoriety on autism and animal science, the College of Education’s Center for Disability Research and Service invites Auburn’s faculty, staff and students to wear light-blue clothing as part of Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” national awareness effort.

While “Light It Up Blue” days are officially April 1-2, Auburn is beginning the national awareness program a day early as part of Dr. Grandin’s March 31 lectures at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Dr. Grandin was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. An HBO production documenting her life was awarded seven Emmys and a Golden Globe.

Those wearing light blue in honor of autism awareness are encouraged to take photos and submit them to Autism Speaks for the Light It Up Blue website, You may also e-mail them, and the college will include them on its Facebook fan page.

The Center for Disability Research and Service, established in 2010 and located in the Dawson Building, strives to facilitate the integration of citizens with the most significant disabilities into the fabric of American life. The center’s research, service and coordinating efforts in assistive technology and innovation, educational and community supports, and program research and evaluation underscore the values of independence (having choice and control of one’s life), productivity (real money for real work) and inclusion (to live, work and play in the community of one’s choice).

The center has been innovative through the use of the iPad and other technology to foster communication for students with autism and developmental disabilities during the summer university program and through partnerships with the Department of Industrial Design in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, as well as non-profit agencies working with adults.

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Date: 3/24/2011