Did you know 1 out of 68 are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
ASD is characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas. Taken together, they may result in relatively mild challenges for someone on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. For others, symptoms may be more severe, as when repetitive behaviors and lack of spoken language interfere with everyday life. Children and adults with Autism, as well as those with other developmental disabilities, may have a dysfunctional sensory system. Sometimes, one or more senses are either over- or under-reactive to stimulation. Such sensory problems may be the underlying reason for such behaviors as rocking, spinning, and hand-flapping.
Join Seahorse Institute, local Bahamians, the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, as we light it up blue in recognition of people living with Autism.
Here are ways to support!
LIGHT IT UP BLUE: Seahorse Institute kicks off World Autism Month beginning with UN-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. During the first week of April, many landmarks around the globe will light up blue! Join our students, families and friends at Seahorse Institute for our Annual Balloon Release featuring Bahamian entertainers like Sawyer Boy, Percy da Potcake, Miss Teen Bahamas Scholar 2017-18, Rik Carey, Dyson Knight, Puzzle, Megaton 242, Lady E, Bodine, Mr Beeds and more. Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 10:30am. Click for details.
AUTISM FRIDAY’S: Have your company, fellow employees or civic organization wear a Seahorse Autism Awareness shirt for “Casual Friday’s”. Order shirts now for your team.
SHARE BLUE: Take a selfie with Sunny the Seahorse. Simply download Sunny, print him and cut him out. Then take a Selfie with Sunny and post it on Social Media including your location around the globe, plus tag “Seahorse Institute” and include the hashtags #lightitupblue #SeahorseInstitute, #SunnyAutism and #SeahorseAutism. Become a Sunny Autism Ambassador. Download Sunny the Seahorse here.
SUIT UP BLUE: Attend Seahorse Institute’s Blue Tie Shindig where it’s all about fashion for a cause with the first-ever Men’s fashion show to support Autism in The Bahamas. The Blue Tie Shindig brings prominent, influential men from Bahamian Society as “Autism Ambassadors” walking the catwalk in a “Light it up Blue” fashion show at SuperClubs Breezes to raise funds and awareness for Children with Autism on Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 6:30pm. Click here to buy tickets.
SUPPORT BLUE: Donate to Support Seahorse and Autism Awareness by:
• Making a donation. Click here.
• Buying a Percy da Potcake & Sonny the Seahorse Autism Awareness Puzzle & Coloring Book. Available at Seahorse Institute, Furniture Plus and Fab Finds. Saturday, March 24, 2018 @2pm & 5pm. Click here for info.
• Buying a blue donut at Dunkin Donuts and donating to Seahorse Autism Awareness at the Register.
• Shopping on Amazon.com. Register at smile.amazon.com, select “Seahorse Children’s Foundation” as the charity you want to support, bookmark that page and every time you shop using the smile.amazon.com link, a portion of your order is automatically donated.
ENJOY BEING BLUE: Each April you can join Seahorse Institute by promoting Autism Awareness during Global Autism Awareness Month by attending, donating and supporting Seahorse Institute’s Autism-friendly calendar of events and educational activities, which take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance as well as foster local support. Click here to buy tickets to one of our upcoming events.
SPREAD BLUE: Add Seahorse Institute’s Autism Social Frame to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat profile photos! Just click this link, search for “Seahorse-Institute-Autism-Awareness” and tag #lightitupblue #SeahorseInstitute, #AutismAwareness, #SunnyAutism and #SeahorseAutism. Spread Blue with Seahorse Institute in April for Global Autism Awareness Month!
DINE BLUE: Attend Seahorse Institute’s Dinner in the Dark Experience where you enjoy a 5-course meal blindfolded to truly appreciate your senses and learn more about the experience of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Wear something blue in support of understanding and acceptance for people with Autism. Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 6:00pm. Click here to buy tickets for Dinner In The Dark.
Seahorse Institute’s Autism Response Team
Seahorse Institute’s Autism Response Team is specially trained to connect children and young adults with autism, their families, and caregivers to information, tools, and resources. Find out more about Seahorse Institute’s Hope and Star Program.