Light It Up Blue

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"Light It Up Blue" for Autism Acceptance

On April 2 each year, MMI and our community partner, Autism Action Partnership, celebrate World Autism Day by collaborating with UNMC and other government and community entities to “light up blue” the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, UNMC iEXCEL and Hope Tower and other state landmarks.

The primary goal of our annual Light It Up Blue! on April 2 event is to highlight and cultivate the sense of acceptance and unity throughout the local autism community.

This this event usually includes crowds gathered on both the Nebraska and Iowa sides of the bridge meeting in the middle to watch the bridge’s light turn blue, to symbolize the connection and community that increased awareness brings. The Coronavirus Pandemic prevents us from gathering as a group as in previous years but we have found other ways to celebrate!

Read about the 2020 celebration.

We united virtually for a celebration on Facebook which took the place of the traditional event on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and included giveaways and a live event, as well as members of the MMI/AAP community connecting with each other via the organizations’ Facebook pages.

Read about the 2019 celebration.

See a photo album from the 2019 event.

World Autism Day (April 2) is only part of our Autism Acceptance Month advocacy efforts. Learn about all the ways you can celebrate with us!

For more information, email our Community Engagement department.