The Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus will turn blue, as Grand Valley participates in “Light It Up Blue” for autism awareness.
Across the nation, buildings are being lighted in blue during the evening hours of April 2 to mark World Autism Awareness Day and the kick-off to Autism Awareness Month. World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to show that autism is a growing global health crisis.
Campus Links and Students Toward Autism Advocacy & Respect worked with Facilities Services to arrange blue lighting for the clock tower.
Grand Valley’s Autism Education Center runs The Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project, funded by the Michigan Department of Education and Office of Special Education to provide training and technical assistance to educators in Michigan that serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
In 2001, Grand Valley was designated by the Michigan Department of Education as the lead university in the development of resources and training for school personnel and parents of children with autism.
Learn more about Grand Valley’s Autism Education Center at www.gvsu.edu/autismcenter.