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

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April 01, 2016
Part of International “Light It Up Blue” Campaign

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City Hall will be bathed in blue light 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 1, the Mayor will proclaim April as Autism Awareness Month, and Baltimore City Hall will later that evening 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 68 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. 


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



Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor, Baltimore City

Dr. Leana S. Wen, Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department

Dr. Gary Goldstein, President, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. Rebecca Landa, Director, Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism & Related Disorders Ozana Papados, Kennedy Krieger Institute parent



Friday, April 1, 2016

Press Conference at 12:30 p.m.

Actually lighting of City Hall at 7:45 pm



Rotunda at Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD

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 20,000 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

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