RU lights up blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Radford University asked members of its campus community to "Light It Up Blue" by donning their favorite shade of blue on Wednesday, April 2, to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.

RU's Disability Resource Office (DRO) and AutismSpeaksURadfordUniversity, a campus chapter of Autism Speaks, coordinated the event, which included a group photograph of blue-clad faculty, staff and students standing in front of the campus fountain.

"We thank you and appreciate your presence today in support of, and embracing those who live with autism," said DRO Director Angela M. DeVore-Greene to the gathering surrounding the fountain, where the water had been colored blue to commemorate the day. DeVore-Green also thanked President Kyle for her support of DRO’s organization of the event.

To keep the campus blue after nightfall, AutismSpeaksURadfordUniversity handed out blue glow sticks and commemorative tattoo stickers at the Hurlburt Student Center on Wednesday.

"Light It Up Blue" is a global initiative to kick-off Autism Awareness Month and raise awareness about autism.


RU President Penelope Kyle joined together with the campus community in front of the fountain.

Through the Disability Resource Office, RU provides reasonable academic accommodations for students, parents and visitors with documented disabilities. The office is committed to the university's goal of removing physical and learning barriers that might infringe upon the individual's opportunity to fully participate in the university experience.

To learn more, contact the DRO at (540) 831-6350 or

Apr 2, 2014