CANCELLED - UMass Medical School “Lights it up Blue” for World Autism Day

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After much deliberation, we have decided to cancel our World Autism Day event for this year.  As you know, numerous events have been cancelled around the country in order to limit potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19.  The LIUB Committee wishes to be proactive in our response to this issue and take into consideration public health recommendations of limiting exposure to events with large crowds. We feel the cancellation of this event is the safest response to protect all involved.  


For all who have committed sponsorship and participation in this event, we will be reaching out to you individually to return your contributions.


LIGHT IT UP BLUE is observed worldwide every year on April 2nd. It is an international event dedicated to raising awareness about autism. On that day, landmarks around the world are illuminated in blue in support of those who live with autism. Here at UMass Medical School, we have celebrated this event since 2010. What began with lighting the medical school building blue has now grown into a community event where families and local service providers come together in a celebration of World Autism Day.

Together with Autism Resource Central, the UMass Medical School and UMassMemorial Health Care host this annual event that includes entertainment, food and music as well as a venue where community providers come to share information and resources with families. HMEA - Autism Resource Central in Worcester serves 3,500 families in Central Massachusetts; UMass Medical School and UMassMemorial Health Care have the only clinic in central and western Massachusetts serving children and adults with autism and complex presentations. These organizations are dedicated to serving those with autism, and are committed to promoting acceptance for the community they support.

Eleventh Annual Autism Awareness and Acceptance Celebration


UMass Medical School, Albert Sherman Center
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester

Medical school facade will “Light It Up Blue" at 7:45 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Event parking signs will be displayed on campus

Event Attractions

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Family-friendly Activities

Such as drumming, face painting, and many more.

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Provider Fair

Including community service providers hosting informational tables with activities.

Table full of food


Light refreshments and pizza will be available during the event.

UMass Medical School lit up blue

Lighting up the Medical School Blue!

The medical school building facade will be lit up blue at 7:45 p.m. in support of autism awareness and acceptance.

Support Options

Want to help? We have a variety of ways organizations and individuals can help support Light it Up Blue.


Agencies, organizations or businesses that would like to show their support and have a presence at LIGHT UP BLUE but won’t necessarily be there in person. We have options for different levels of sponsorship.

Vendors and University Partners

Agencies, providers, non-profit organizations, etc. that would like to have an exhibit table and presence at the event. We would appreciate vendors adding to the festivities by bringing an activity. (No display food or drinks.)


Agencies, providers, non-profit organizations, businesses that would like to advertise in The Program of Events. Vendors may advertise as well, but ADVERTISERS do not need to be at the event.


Agencies, providers, non-profit organizations, etc. willing to help get the word out about LIGHT IT UP BLUE to potential Sponsors, Vendors, or to the community to let them know about the event.

Sign up now to let us know how you want to show your support!

Payment Information

If you have chosen to support Light It Up Blue as a Sponsor, Vendor or Advertiser, please mail your payment. Make checks payable to: UMass Medical School—CANDI. On the memo line include: LIUB and whether you are a sponsor, vendor, advertiser. Mail the check with the name of your organization to:

S3-301, Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI)
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655

If you have questions contact: or Ann Foley at 774-455-4100


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