Campus to 'light it up blue' for autism awareness

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. One in 110 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, yet there are no fully effective means of prevention, treatment or a cure. On April 2, Penn State Lehigh Valley will join hundreds of other businesses and organizations across the country to help shine a light on autism through the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign. During the campaign, the Nittany Lion Shrine at the north entrance of the campus will be awash in special blue light.

Lehigh Valley campus students also are mobilizing for this cause by forming a team and participating in the Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism event on April 21, at the Lehigh Parkway.

"Our students have been active during Autism Awareness Month in the past, and we are excited to participate again this year by lighting up our most recognizable icon, our Nittany Lion, blue," said Ann Williams, chancellor of the Lehigh Valley campus.

To find out more about the Light It Up Blue campaign, visit

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email

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Last Updated March 27, 2012