Danbury To Light Up Blue April 2nd For Autism Awareness
On Tuesday April 2nd, the city of Danbury will be hosting their annual Light Up Blue Danbury event as part of Autism Awareness Day.
Light up Blue Danbury is a series of sensory friendly events to support, empower, and celebrate our local autism community. This years event will take place on Tuesday April 2nd, and will be held at the Danbury Library on Main Street.
Over the last few years the event was held at Danbury City Hall, but this years event will take place at the library because according to Emanuela Palmares, who's son is in the Autism Spectrum, the Danbury Library is trying to create the first sensory room in the state of Connecticut. There's even a Go-Fund-Me account on their Facebook page so you can help out.
A sensory room is a space that provides a relaxing and/or stimulating environment for people of all ages and abilities. The Sensory Room’s facilities will support the needs of children with autism, and other sensory impairment conditions, as well as offering a calming environment for those who suffer from stress and anxiety or just need a place to relax.
The Light Up Blue Danbury event starts at 4 pm on April 2nd, with Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour doing a reading of "I Will Light Up Blue" by Kerry Magro.
Then at 5 pm there's a screening of "Deej", a movie about a non-speaking young man who dreams of autistic civil rights, followed by a panel discussion.
At 6:30 pm It's the Light Up Blue Ceremony, a sensory friendly ceremony featuring speakers, musical performances, and a light up moment when the library is lit up blue in honor of autism awareness day.
You can get more informatio, and register for the events at danburylibrary.com.