Sisters raise awareness in various ways, including passing out blue wristbands, placing advertisements in campus and local newspapers, distributing information in the community and appearing on local television programs to educate others about autism spectrum disorders.
World Autism Awareness Day
Alpha Xi Delta chapters and alumnae associations proudly observe World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. In previous years on World Autism Awareness Day, Alpha Xi Delta represented Autism Speaks on the Today Show in New York City, attended the United Nations’ Decade of Autism reception and joined families affected by autism at the New York Stock Exchange as representatives from Autism Speaks rang the opening bell in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism Awareness Month
Throughout the month of April, Alpha Xi Deltas are dedicated to shining a light on autism. Our college chapters and alumnae across the country participate in Light It Up Blue, an initiative started by Autism Speaks in 2009 to help shine a light on autism by illuminating prestigious buildings and monuments throughout the world. This past year many of the world’s most recognized monuments were lit blue, including the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil and Niagara Falls.
Oftentimes, Alpha Xi Delta chapters and alumnae associations partner with university and local sports teams to host Autism Awareness games. At these events, Sisters educate fans on autism spectrum disorders; sell awareness bracelets and raise money for our philanthropic partner.
National Philanthropy Day
Alpha Xi Delta is proud to observe National Philanthropy Day on November 15 through the Fraternity’s Band Together for Autism project. Sisters sell and distribute blue Autism Speaks wristbands to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks.