Camarillo, Calif., March 20, 2014 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will show its support for World Autism Awareness Day by lighting the John Spoor Broome Library blue and hosting Autism Awareness events during the week of April 2-6.

The awareness week kicks off Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in front of the John Spoor Broome Library. The public is invited to bring a picnic lunch and listen to soft blues music performed by Déjà vu, a local Ventura County band.

“Light It Up Blue” is a global initiative to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. On April 2 the international goal is to shine a blue light on communities throughout the world to raise awareness and take action for autism. The event will provide a community resource fair and speeches by students and parents affected by autism. The resource fair will involve groups offering support services from the campus and community, including the Autism Society of Ventura County, regional service providers, and CI’s Disability Resource Programs. The event also celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism and warmly welcomes autistic individuals, their families and anyone in the community who wishes to learn more. Participants will receive free, blue light bulbs and glow sticks, while supplies last.

Throughout the week, students also will participate in activities supporting autism awareness. Blue lights will be displayed in offices and common areas.

The week culminates with the Autism Society of Ventura County (ASVC) 2nd Annual “Aut2Run!” charity 5K/10K/15K/Fun-K Race. Aut2Run, a charity race with a 10K trail run, 5K run/walk, 15K “hero run,” and short fun-K, being held on the CI campus Sunday, April 6. ASVC was founded in 1994 by local parents and educators to provide support, community events, information and resources to families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

More than 40 student volunteers are helping to organize the race. The first run begins at 7:30 a.m. on the South Quad. Visit www.aut2run.org to register, donate, volunteer and learn more.

The United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 “World Autism Awareness Day” (WAAD) in 2007, with the goal of bringing the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder and growing global health concern affecting tens of millions. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

“Light It Up Blue” was created by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization to kick off World Autism Awareness Day and Month. Each year, hundreds of thousands of notable venues and iconic landmarks worldwide join in, ranging from colleges and concert halls to the Empire State Building and Egypt’s Great Pyramids.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Valeri Cirino-Paez, Assistant Director for Access, Orientation and Transition Programs, valeri.cirino-paez@csuci.eduor 805-437-8528.

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