On April 2nd the global autism community celebrates the fourth annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. In recognition of this day, Tower Grove Park (along with other local landmarks, structures, and buildings) will participate in the Autism Speak’s Light-it-Up-Blue campaign by illuminating the Ruins in blue. This international campaign begins on April 1 (the first night of Autism Awareness Month) and April 2 (World Autism Awareness Day).

Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism research and advocacy organization and advocates for all families struggling with autism who require effective treatments made possible through scientific discovery. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impacts communication, behavior and social relationships, affecting 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. Autism transcends all social, cultural and geographic boundaries, and has become the fastest growing global public health crisis. This campaign will help create awareness of this disorder.