The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will be flooded in BLUE LIGHT starting April 2, 2019, for World Autism Day “Light it up Blue” and will continue throughout the entire month of April for Autism Awareness Month. This is the first time ever that the Monument will be lit in blue and joins the Provincetown Town Hall in participating in Autism Awareness month.
Amy Rogers of Truro, whose 17 year old daughter Anna has autism, spearheaded the effort. “I started raising awareness for autism by putting blue lights on the lamppost outside my home several years ago. Now, to have the Pilgrim Monument lit in blue to spread awareness about autism is truly a remarkable gesture,” said Amy Rogers.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Board of Trustees President Courtney Hurst says that lighting the Monument in blue to raise awareness around autism fits in with the organization’s mission. “The Monument is a beacon to all in our community and a symbol of acceptance and tolerance. People with autism oftentimes are not accepted for their differences and the board agreed that they’re a group of people who could use a shining light in their honor.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States and is a developmental disability that can cause a variety of challenges in behavior, social skills and communication.
Amy has also worked with the town of Truro to put up blue lights at the Police Station and the Library. She has created the Facebook page Light Up Blue Truro to increase awareness of autism.
The blue lighting effect on the Monument is being made possible with the help of Amy’s husband Michael Rogers and Chris Racine, Operations Manager and DJ at the Crown & Anchor.