SJU to ‘Light It Up Blue’ in Support of Autism Awareness Day

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Date: Friday evening, April 1, through Friday morning, April 8

Time: After sunset each evening (approximately 7 – 7:30 p.m.) through the night.

Place: Saint Joseph’s University Barbelin Hall City Avenue between 54th Street and Lapsley Lane Campus Map:

Details: Barbelin Hall, Saint Joseph’s signature campus building, will “Light It Up Blue” in observance of World Autism Awareness Day. Barbelin, with its recognizable bell tower, will be bathed in blue lights to mark the first night of Autism Awareness Month and the eve of World Autism Awareness Day.

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring April 2 World Autism Day. This year, SJU joins 500 landmark sites in 120 U.S. cities and 25 countries around the globe – including the Empire State Building (New York), the TN Tower (Toronto, Canada), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland) and the Sydney Opera House (Australia) – that will light up blue to call attention to the many children, adults and families affected by autism.

SJU established the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support to offer programs and resources to help families and professionals cope with the challenges of autism. For more information on the Kinney Center, visit

Media Contact

Kelly Welsh, Director, College of Arts and Sciences Communications, 610-660-1385,

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