Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partners with Kennedy Krieger Institute to Illuminate Baltimore City Hall for Autism Awareness Month

March 28, 2013
Part of International “Light It Up Blue” Campaign

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Baltimore City Hall will be bathed in blue lights during the month of April, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins the Kennedy Krieger Institute to recognize the millions of families facing the challenges of autism. On April 2, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue – shining a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting as many as 1 in 88 children in the U.S. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign, launched by the advocacy group Autism Speaks, to have hundreds of iconic landmarks and other notable buildings turn their lights blue in April.

WHAT:

Light It Up Blue – the illumination of Baltimore City Hall to celebrate Autism Awareness Month

 

WHO:

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor, Baltimore City
Dr. Gary Goldstein, President & CEO, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dr. Rebecca Landa, Director, Kennedy Krieger Institute Center of Autism & Related Disorders
Ms. Danielle Marable, Kennedy Krieger parent & Autism Speaks ambassador

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Press Conference at 7:15 p.m.; Lighting will take place at approximately 7:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: War Memorial Plaza in front of Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 19,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs.  Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.  For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Media Contacts:

Tiffany Thomas Smith
443-984-2623 (office)
443-462-7939 (cell)
mediahealth@baltimorecity.gov
Jennifer Burke
443-923-7330 (office)
607-759-0505 (cell)
burkej@kennedykrieger.org