For years, countries around the world have participated in “Light It Up Blue” campaign to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day. On April 2nd, Egypt plans, again, on turning blue in hopes of making a change, yet the whole month has been officially sanctioned by the United Nations as Autism Awareness Month.
While Awareness is much needed and appreciated, maybe this year we can take it one step further and teach acceptance. If parents simply explained to their children why their classmates are different, why they cannot tolerate certain noises or being touched, and why they should be loved and included nonetheless, maybe these campaigns will actually be useful and change one life at a time. It all starts at home.
It is no secret that Autistic and most socially and mentally challenged children suffer gravely due to the lack of school acceptance, support, and work opportunities. If only the schools that light up blue annually practice what they preach and give these kids a chance, maybe they will turn into fully functioning adults in an inclusive society.
Here are the Egyptian institutes that have announced that they will light up blue this year for the #PassTheLight campaign by The Egyptian Autistic Society:
The Great Pyramids of Giza
Ministry of Social Solidarity
American University in Cairo
Port Said Authorities
St. Bishoy Church in Port Said
Mall of Egypt
Virgin Mary and St.Michael Alkatdral in Port Said
National Training Institute
Stock Exchange Building
El Sewedy Electric
Kite Surfer Joe El-Mestekawy will light up the sky with his kite in Ras Sudr