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April is Autism Acceptance Month

April 2nd is World Autism Day

More event info will be available on our website calendar.


For over a decade, more than 600 cities, 45 countries, and 3000 structures have celebrated World Autism Day by lighting schools, businesses, and public buildings in blue light in efforts to shine a light on autism.

This year Autism Nova Scotia is asking you to help us carry on this tradition in a time where your visual and online support is more important than ever.

We hope you will join us and the rest of the world on April 2nd by participating on social media using #ShineBlueNS. You can show your support for World Autism Day by creating your own events and putting up displays.

On April 3rd, the celebrations continue on: For the remainder of April, we will be celebrating Autism Acceptance Month in Nova Scotia, which is all about promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion in our communities.

We hope you will join us by using #ShineBlueNS on April 2nd, but also let us know what you are doing throughout the month to make our communities more autism-friendly and accessible. Whether it is a sensory-friendly event, a fundraiser in support of Autism Nova Scotia, an education session, or any autism-inclusive stories you can share - we want to know!

How will you SHINE BLUE?

Top 7 ways to #ShineBlueNS

1. Create blue window displays at your home or storefront and change your outdoor and/or indoors white light bulbs to blue.
2. Display the official #ShineBlueNS poster in your window, waiting room, office building or community bulletin board.
3. Wear blue clothes on April 2nd!
4. Join one of our scheduled events in April! See calendar.
5. Ask your family, friends, classmates, and colleagues to wear blue.
6. Decorate your interior with blue balloons, ribbons, and streamers.
7. Take a photo and share your story with us on social media using #ShineBlueNS
How can children be involved?
Click here for a list of 8 things kids should know about autism

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Use the hashtag #ShineBlueNS for April 2nd

Also, don't forget to use the following hashtags throughout Autism Acceptance Month: