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Graceland Goes Blue for Autism Awareness Month

April 05, 2012

Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis is illuminated with special blue lights after the ceremony with Autism Speaks representatives on the evening of Wednesday, April 4 in support of the organization’s global 3rd Annual Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. Check out the new photo gallery and video featuring the families who helped flip the switch!

The iconic mansion joins a list of nearly 3000 structures, buildings and landmarks in over 600 cities and 45 countries around the world that shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Empire State Building in NYC, the Aspen Ski Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls in Canada, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even the International Space Station will all join Autism Speaks and Elvis Presley’s Graceland in support of the millions of families affected by autism.

Ways members of the community can support Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign:
  • Light windows or homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide
  • Download the FREE LIUB iPhone App at the iTunes Store and turn your own pictures blue with different style frames
  • Bake puzzle piece-shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness
  • Wear blue clothing and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our photo gallery at
  • Social Media: Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo or update your Facebook/Twitter status to read “Light it up blue to shine a light on autism.”
  • For other unique and fun ideas visit Light It Up Blue website at

Learn more about Autism Awareness Month and check out the photo gallery and video of Graceland going blue!