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

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March 24, 2011
Part of International "Light It Up Blue" Campaign

(Baltimore, MD) - For the first time, 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 5, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue and shine a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in 110 U.S. children. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign, launched by the advocacy group Autism Speaks, to have hundreds of 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. Oxiris Barbot, Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
WHEN:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Press Conference & Lighting of City Hall: 7:30 p.m.
*The public is invited to attend.

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 16,000 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

Ryan O'Doherty
410-396-5538 (office)
410-818-4269 (cell)
ryan.odoherty@baltimorecity.gov

Jennifer Burke
443-923-7330 (office)
607-759-0505 (cell)
burkej@kennedykrieger.org

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