Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. The vision of Light it up Blue (LIUB) is to celebrate autistic and special needs children, their families and all of the incredible local organizations providing services to these individuals. The Lake Charles community has several service organizations that provide direct or indirect care to children and adults with autism. These organizations include St. Nicholas Center for Children, McNeese Autism Program, Autism Services SWLA, and Autism Society SWLA. On April 2, World Autism Day, people all over the world participate in “Light It Up Blue” to show their support of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by the disability. Through the Leagues’ help, the Lake Charles community is able to participate in LIUB. To prepare for the annual event, the Healthy Families Committee provides blue lights and yard signs to area businesses and homes, and also installs blue strings of light on the palm trees in the downtown area.
On April 2, 2015, local autism therapy organizations and community members gathered for a celebration in front of Historic City Hall. Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach attended the event and presented the League with a Light it Up Blue proclamation for the day.