I dye my hair blue for World Autism Awareness Day each year, in line with the idea of ‘lighting it up blue’ for autism.
The idea is that major landmarks around the world light up in blue for raise awareness about autism, for example in New York, Rio De Janeiro, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House, and Brisbane's Sir Leo Hielscher (Gateway) Bridges.
Wearing my hair with blue splashes in it for a month or so gets noticed, and then I can explain why I’ve done it. Thereby raising awareness.
Usually I do it for World Autism Awareness Day, which is on April 2. But then people ask why my hair is blue and I tell them about it, but it’s almost as if it’s too late.
So this year I did it early. So that I could actually promote World Autism Awareness Day before it happened, rather than after.
And sure enough, there have been comments. All have been positive (although my parents haven’t seen it!) A few people thought I was just being radical! (Yes, totally me).
We have a lovely local hairdresser, Brooke Stead, who suggested that instead of dying my hair, I try a few blue hair extensions. The benefit is that my hair won’t end up blue for weeks, and I can take them out when I’m ready.
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Mr 13, who is on the spectrum, has taken up the challenge to turn his hair and fingernails blue for the cause.
We’ve registered with Autism Spectrum Australia’s fundraising campaign, Go Blue ForAutism, and he’s looking for sponsors to donate if he goes ahead with the hair dare.
We’ve even got our own fundraising page, and it would be awesome if you could donate to this cause which is so close to our hearts.
Here are the facts: One in 100 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in Australia – around four times more likely to be boys than girls. On Wednesday, April 2, communities around the world celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, acknowledging the achievements of people with autism, recognising their experiences and that of their families and caregivers, and helping others to understand what it means to live with autism.
That’s a cause worth going blue for, don’t you think?
Would you pay to see this boy's hair go blue?