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“We celebrate Light It Up Blue because this is a very important cause, and many of our students, faculty and staff are directly affected by autism,” said West Hartford Campus President Tim Bush. “It also ties into American Institute’s learning experience, because we value service. We want to get our students involved in outside events to create a connection with the community.”
Light It Up Blue is an annual event created by the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks. It coincides with the United Nations’ World Autism Awareness Day and launches World Autism Month.
In cities and communities worldwide, homes, businesses, iconic buildings and landmarks – including the White House – are “lit blue” for a day. Autism Speaks also sponsors community events and educational activities to increase understanding and acceptance and promote support for people with autism.
“American Institute has participated in Light it Up Blue for several years, and we are happy to join in that tradition in the new Somerset campus as well” added Somerset Campus President, Jamil Gilmer. “We all dress in blue and take photos of everyone who participates to help spread awareness.”
According to Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorders refer to a range of conditions that can include difficulty with social skills, repetitive behaviors, communication challenges and other issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States, and rates of diagnosis have risen over the past decade.
“Many pathologies are studied by our students because we are an allied health school,” said Mr. Bush. “Light It Up Blue is an opportunity for our students to research and learn about autism while they see it in their social media and news feeds as well.”
August 22, 2018, Toms River, NJ, Clifton, NJ, and West Hartford, CT – American Institute students, staff, and faculty welcomed the traditional ‘Back to School’ season in style this year, with on-campus carnivals in Toms River and West Hartford and a ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive to support the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and […]
July 29, 2018, All locations – Debbie Szigeti has always identified herself as a teacher. She taught 4th grade in New Jersey for years, until budget cuts eliminated her position. Looking for a new career, she chose diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). “My oldest son contracted viral hepatitis when he was 7,” she recalls. “That’s when […]