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Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower Will be Illuminated Blue for World Autism Awareness Day April 2


Miami, March 12, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower will join thousands of institutions and landmarks around the globe illuminating in blue for Autism Speaks’ Fifth Annual Light It Up Blue initiative that will be held on Wednesday, April 2, for World Autism Awareness Day.

Each light symbolizes a person with autism – a neurological disorder that impairs an individual’s ability to communicate, form social relationships and relate to their surroundings. It is the most pressing childhood development disorder of the 21st Century, affecting at least 70 million children, teens and adults around the world. MDC, as in previous years, will be holding a variety of events to help raise awareness. 

April 2 was designated “World Autism Awareness Day” by the United Nations. In addition to the Freedom Tower, landmarks that will be lit blue include the International Space Station; the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy; and the Empire State Building, New York City.

About Autism Speaks

Founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright after their grandson was diagnosed, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to the concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.  

Freedom Tower Illuminated Blue for Autism Speaks

  • WHEN: Wednesday, Apr. 2, 6:00 PM - Thursday, Apr. 3, 5:00 AM
  • WHERE: Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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