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Tuesday, April 2, 2019, World Autism Awareness Day, is the kickoff of #AutismAwareness Month, a time to strive towards universal understanding and acceptance of autism.

Imagine if we could diagnose autism before symptoms of the disorder even appear…

Imagine supporting life-changing autism research… you can!

Imagine what we can do TOGETHER.

On World Autism Awareness Day, donors, students, patients, and their families will also come together to launch a month-long fundraising campaign: #LightUNCBlue. The month of April will be dedicated to raising awareness and rallying support for the UNC Autism Research Center.

Autism personally affects tens of millions of people worldwide. By raising awareness and funding for the UNC Autism Research Center, we will #LightUNCBlue.

What is the best way for you to #LightUNCBlue? Make a gift to the UNC Autism Research Center today, and share with others why you give to create a ripple effect to inspire others to give as well.


$5,000 Matching Gift Challenge

Curtis Arledge, chairperson of the UNC Autism Research Center Family Advisory Board, will match gifts to the UNC Autism Research Center Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000! 


Imagine the possibliities…


Get Involved

→ Make a gift to the UNC Autism Research Center!

Autism affects millions of people worldwide, both those living with and without the disorder. We hope you will join us and support our autism research with a gift to the UNC Autism Research Center. #AutismAwareness Month is all-month long in April, which gives you plenty of time to make an impact. Make a gift today! 


→ Light Your Social Media Blue!

Light up your own social media pages with the official #LightUNCBlue graphics below!

→ Start tweeting and posting!

Check out our Social Media Toolkit and share why supporting the UNC Autism Research Center is important to you. The best way to connect with people is by telling your story. Just don’t forget to use #LightUNCBlue and #AutismResearch!


Not sure how to get started? Try using one of our sample posts to get your creative juices flowing —

I’m helping the UNC Autism Research Center kick off #AutismAwareness Month with our own edition: #LightUNCBlue! Help us reach our goals for April by donating and sharing our campaign today:

This month for #AutismAwareness, I’m supporting #LightUNCBlue to support the UNC Autism Research Center because I believe people affected by autism deserve the best. That’s #WhyIGive. If you agree autism research is vitally important, join me at

This #AutismAwareness Day, I will #LightUNCBlue by supporting autism research. Join me!