Romania joined the Light It Up Blue campaign on World Autism Awareness Day, marked worldwide on April 2 and recognized by the United Nations since 2007.
The Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration, will be illuminated blue on Saturday night, and so are other buildings throughout the country. A release of the presidency acknowledges the serious of autism and mentions that 30,000 people suffer from it in Romania, with 1,000 new cases registered each year.
Brasov, in central Romania, joined the special lighting event with its most famous buildings of the historical downtown – the Black Church, Council House, citadel and City Hall, and hosted a march styled ‘I have a friend with autism’ on Saturday morning, where participants also wore blue. Also on Saturday, a semi-marathon race is supported by the Cetatea Brasovului Association, who donates the 10 lei participation fee. Other awareness actions are scheduled there in April, including schools, the local Faculty of Medicine, NGOs and public institutions, according to the “Copiii de Cristal” (editor’s note – Crystal Children) Association.
The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest hosts on Saturday the third ‘Colourful Soul’ charity concert to the benefit of autistic children; the event organized by the Association for Music, Art and Culture and the Help Autism Association features soprano Leontina Vaduva, folk singer Grigore Lese, organist Nicolae Licaret and French pianist Laure Cambau. Co-sponsors are the InfoEuropa Centre of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the George Enescu Philharmonic, the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Kaufland Romania, Tarom, Floria.ro, Grand Hotel Continental and Wagners Fine Arts and Tales.
The theme of the 2016 World Autism Awareness Day is ‘Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity.’