Camarillo, Calif., Mar. 21, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will participate in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign the week of April 2-6, 2012, by lighting the campus Bell Tower in a shade of blue to support autism awareness on World Autism Awareness Day. “Light It Up Blue,” in its third year, is a unique global initiative by Autism Speaks to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will “Light It Up Blue” to show their support on April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day. In addition, student initiatives will occur throughout campus and various blue lights will be displayed in offices and common areas.

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), with the goal of bringing the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects 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. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and features community events around the world where individuals with autism and their families are warmly welcomed and embraced.

According to Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 110 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 600 percent increase in the past two decades that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

CI is hosting an information fair on Monday, April 2 that is open to the public and will include the Ventura County Autism Society, regional service providers, and CI’s Disability Accommodations and Support Services. Student speakers, administrators and a special countdown will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Bell Tower.

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 parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the only cash 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

For additional information contact Damien Pena, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at 805-437-8512 or

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