On April 6, 2017, the Winchester Disability Access Commission, The Winchester Multicultural Network and Brio Integrated Theatre all came together to commemorate autism awareness month with the annual Light It Up Blue event. This is Winchester’s fifth year to organize this special event, which is part of the global autism awareness campaign, to support the autism community. It was scheduled to be held indoors (Winchester Town Hall Auditorium) for the first time as last year’s event was cancelled because of inclement weather. This turned out to be a wise precaution as it rained heavily on this day.

The evening began with a warm welcome by Jen Flaherty, Special Education teacher at the Lynch school, who initiated the first Light It Up Blue in Winchester. Guest speaker and artist John Williams gave a moving speech about his experience being a person with autism and how art has helped him through his journey. Blue and white balloons, fun giveaways, a free raffle and a fun puppet show were all part of the evening’s events. Dunkin Donuts provided delicious blue donuts and Gluten Free Me donated organic coffee.

The Winchester Town Common will have blue lights throughout the month of April.

Show your support by Lighting it Up Blue!