by Geoff Larcom, Published April 02, 2014
YPSILANTI – Don’t be startled if you see a building lit in brilliant blue tonight on the Eastern Michigan University campus. The lighting spotlights a very important cause.
As the night falls, the exterior of the EMU Student Center will be lit up in blue, to honor the national Autism Speaks Light It up Blue campaign, which occurs annually on April 2.
The national organization, Autism Speaks, started the Light It Up Blue tradition in 2010. It is a global initiative to raise awareness about the growing public health concern of autism. For more information on the annual campaign, visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/
The lighting of the Student Center also spotlights the EMU Autism Collaborative Center, which was opened in October 2009. The center is a resource to numerous families dealing with autism throughout southeast Michigan.
Autism affects 1 in 68 children and is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
Eastern's center, which is non-profit, offers a team of professionals and well-trained students from various departments and services ranging from music therapy and occupational therapy to speech therapy and dietetics. Sibling support groups and summer camps are also available.
In recognition of the Light It Up Blue campaign, the Buffalo Wild Wings located off Huron Street on James L. Hart Parkway in Ypsilanti, just south of I-94, will donate 20 percent of all sales on Thursday April 3 to the Autism Collaborative Center.
For more information, contact the ACC-EMU at 734.487.2890, or visit the website at